Report: Soda Tax Chases Jobs Out of Baltimore

By Susan Jones | January 11, 2011 | 10:35 AM EST

( - 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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