Council Still Not Interested In Soda Tax

We caught up with some City Council members to see what they thought about Mayor Nutter's announcement this afternoon that he would cut $20 million from the budget after he failed to get passage of a proposed soda tax. So far, it doesn't look like anyone is particularly interested in reopening the soda tax proposal...

Councilman Bill Green -- "I find these cuts dissappointing, cynical and retribution for Council not passing a sugar-sweetened beverage tax."

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez -- "I was dissappointed in the memo this morning and I’m even further dissappointed in the mayor this afternoon. We have given him 85 percent of what he wants." She added that the two sides aren't even that far apart: "We’re talking about a difference of where he wants to be and where we want to be of 20 million."

Councilman Frank DiCicco -- "I’m hopeful that between now and the time he proposes to implement these cuts, we can sit down and cooler heads will prevail. In the business of politics you don’t always get what you want initially. "

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