Taxes on sugary beverages seem like a sweet deal with their potential to whittle down obesity and diabetes rates while boosting city revenues to help pay for things like better schools and parks. Yet, they require broad public and political support to adopt over industry opposition.

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  • Issue Quarter Pittsburgh Today — Spotlight
  • Issue Year 2018
Historically lower ozone pollution levels in southwestern Pennsylvania do not impress residents of Allegheny County whose concern is rising over the quality of the air they breathe.

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  • Issue Quarter Pittsburgh Today — The Pulse
  • Issue Year 2018
  • Sub Heading Survey finds rising worries over air quality
Southwestern Pennsylvania still enjoys relatively low unemployment, but the region’s rate remains higher than the national average.

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  • Issue Quarter Pittsburgh Today — Regional News
  • Issue Year 2018
Improving city schools and parks may not have been novel campaign promises, but when it came to funding such aspirations, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney had something new to say. He championed the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages to help fund schools, pre-​kindergarten classes, parks and libraries.

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  • Issue Quarter Pittsburgh Today — Spotlight
  • Issue Year 2018
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