From The Chicago Coalition Against Beverage Taxes
DISASTER IN COOK COUNTY.STOP MORE BEVERAGE TAXES IN ILLINOIS – WE NEED YOU!
As many of you know, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a penny-per-ounce tax on sports drinks, juices, teas – even low- and no-calorie beverages. This will result in fewer jobs, lower incomes and higher grocery bills.
Starting July 1, 2017 consumers and small businesses will have to pay the price and bear the burden of Cook County’s budget deficit.
But Cook County isn’t prepared to implement this new regressive tax. The County has been unable to answer basic operational questions and consumers are only months away from seeing dramatic price increases. Cook County residents are fed up about this new tax. Can you imagine if the State of Illinois implemented a tax on top of Cook County? It would be a disaster. Let’s make sure our state lawmakers don’t make the same mistake twice.
The Illinois Senate heard our concerns and decided to remove a proposed beverage tax from the Senate’s budget plan. Now Representative Robyn Gabel has introduced House Bill 2914, which imposes a penny-per-ounce tax on beverages such as sodas, juice drinks, teas and sports drinks.
We strongly encourage you to continue to share your opposition with your lawmakers – visit noilbeveragetax.com to contact your local lawmakers. Also, tell your friends and family to sign up to join the coalition at noilbeveragetax.com. For more information on how to get more involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Your voice matters. Thank you to those of you who have taken action to stop Illinois from dramatically raising prices on beverages such as sodas, juice drinks, teas and sports drinks.
Email your Illinois lawmakers today – Visit http://www.noilbeveragetax.com/