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Philadelphia, Dec. 19, 2016 – City Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District) released the following statement on today’s ruling by Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer:

“I am grateful for the timely resolution of this matter, and I urge the plaintiffs to spare taxpayers the cost of further legal action. Philadelphians and the elected Council members who represent them overwhelmingly support the initiatives the so-called soda tax will support. Expanding quality pre-K to all children, particularly our most disadvantaged and unlucky kids, is a worthy investment in our City’s future. Rebuilding public spaces will enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods and create family-sustaining local jobs for Philadelphia residents. If the diversity and inclusion Philadelphians demand and deserve are honored by these initiatives, our City will have a more skilled and more competitive workforce that will attract new employers and residents and expand our tax base. I urge the business community to be our partners, and not obstacles, in progress.”

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Council President Darrell L. Clarke is serving his second term as the President of Philadelphia City Council. He represents Philadelphia’s 5th Council District. More information at

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