Philadelphia is now the first major US city to approve a tax on regular and diet soda.

FOX's Gurnal Scott has the story.

The new measure imposes a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on the carbonated beverages. The tax could raise approximately $90 million for city Pre-K and recreation programs.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney praised the 13-to-4 vote and the strategy he employed to get it passed:

(Kenney) "Acknowledge that it is a good thing to drink less sugar-sweetened beverages, but tie it to things that the community cares about."

A coalition against the tax accused the Mayor of ignoring a majority of residents who say the tax is regressive. The soda industry is expected to sue to stop it.

To that Mayor Kenney says if there is a legal battle:

(Kenney) "We'll fight the next fight when it comes." 

Gurnal Scott, FOX News.

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