Chicago's soda tax repealed, in blow to 'nanny-state crusade'

Controversial tax on soda in Cook County Ill. could end up on the chopping block

The Cook County Board voted 15-2 to end the tax starting December 1.

Grace, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 830, called on Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council to repeal the city's own sweetened beverage tax. Preckwinkle said in a statement after Tuesday's vote that she was "disappointed". People acknowledge the fact that this tax is about augmenting revenue to stimulate proceeds and they oppose the idea of a billionaire from New York City approaching them and pursuing them what they should do here in Cook County.

"If there is one city America's tax and spenders should be able muscle through the latest tax fad, it would be Chicago".

Kenney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The country's largest soda tax was levied and two months after it the oppressed lawmakers in Cook County are already assured to invalidate it.

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"But it is also a stark reminder that public health benefits alone are not enough to enact and sustain a new sweetened beverage tax", the coalition said in a statement.

The tax also applies to hundreds of premade sweetened beverages besides pop.

The American Beverage Association has fought the tax in court, arguing it is unconstitutional.

The tax, which was projected to raise $200 million annually, raised $16 million from August 3 to September 20, approximately $2 million less than expected, according to Frank Shuftan, a spokesman for Preckwinkle.

Preckwinkle warned commissioners Thursday, Oct. 5, that they would be forced to make steep cuts across the county to make up for the lost revenue officials counted on from the tax to balance next year's $5.4 billion budget.

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