Report: Soda Tax Chases Jobs Out of Baltimore

Liberty Alerts, Susan Jones, CNSNews.com

The Pepsi plant in Baltimore will no longer make soda, and the company plans to lay off 77 people — a decision blamed in part on a controversial new beverage tax in the city, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday.

Kristine Hinck, a company spokeswoman, cited the 2-cent tax on bottled beverages passed by the City Council last year. “Given the climate, making a beverage in a city where there is a beverage tax certainly doesn’t help,” the newspaper quoted her as saying.

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