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Jobs, Revenue Rise after Berkeley Soda Tax

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An analysis of City of Berkeley economic data found that a year and a half after passage of the nation’s first large soda tax, food sector sales tax revenue rose by 15% in the city, and 469 new food sector jobs were created—an increase of 7.2%.

This analysis of city sales tax revenue and employment data comes on the heels of an April 2017 PHI evaluation study that showed sugar sweetened beverage purchases declined by 9.6% in Berkeley as a result of the one cent per ounce tax and grocery bills did not rise. Together, the two studies help paint a fuller picture of the economic and behavioral impact of the policy.

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