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Chicago area's soft-drink tax repealed by county board

12 October 2017, 12:24 | Vera Richards

SiYH FlickrDo soda taxes make healthier citizens or healthier budgets

County Commission President Toni Preckwinkle

The Cook County Board of Commissioners voted, 15-2, to repeal a penny-per-ounce tax that went into effect on August 2.

The Philadelphia Beverage Tax, which went into effect in January, levies a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on a variety of sweet drinks, including sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, flavored water and re-sweetened coffee and teas.

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The tax prompted lawsuits, a warning from a federal agency that IL could lose millions in funding for food stamp benefits and complaints of plummeting sales from store owners.

The tax repeal faces a final vote from the full board this week. The tax has been tormented in its very short life by legitimate challenges, execution glitches, and a howling multimillion-dollar media battle amongst the soda industry and public health groups.

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Even if the repeal succeeds, Cook County residents and visitors will still pay a tax on sports drinks, diet colas and sweetened beverages throughout the fall, as the repeal measure doesn't take effect until December 1.

Supporters of the movement which involve many top public health groups former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have promoted the taxes as a symbol to combat obesity while also erecting earnings for confined administration. "And yet in this tax and spend, Democrat-run city, consumers forced the city council to cough up their recent tax hike and repeal the soda tax", Grover Norquist, president of the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement.

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That would mean that public sector employees could still benefit from the services of a union without having to pay for them. Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed a bill that would prevent local governments from setting up their own "right-to-work" zones.

After Wednesday's vote, Preckwinkle indicated she wouldn't be taking the lead in adjusting the county's finances. They have until November 30 to approve a budget.



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