County officials to vote to repeal Chicago-area soda tax

Nanny staters are gonna nanny state. Under the ordinance, the tax would remain in effect until the start of the new county fiscal year on December 1.

Collections under Cook County's soda tax commenced on August 2, quickly kicking up a public backlash.

"If there is one city America's tax and spenders should be able muscle through the latest tax fad, it would be Chicago". "Today's events also underscore the fact that the beverage industry, with its virtually unlimited financial resources, will stop at nothing to halt or overturn beverage taxes that threaten its profits and its ability to market sugar-sweetened drinks to the communities it claims to care about".

"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. "Beverage taxes are really a money grab that has nothing to do with public health".

"Part of the job of being board president is making tough choices, but another part of this job is understanding that not every choice you make will be embraced by your colleagues or constituents and accepting when you need to make a change", she said. But even he couldn't make moves against large beverage corporations, who obviously opposed a tax.

Cook County commissioners voted 15-2 to repeal the 1-cent per ounce tax on soda, diet soda, sweetened coffees and teas, and sports drinks.

After initially trying to absorb the tax, Powell said he had to raise drink prices to transfer the burden to customers when revenue declined.

Revenue was a factor.

Repeal came after an aggressive campaign that included dueling TV spots from tax foes and a pro-tax effort bankrolled by billionaire public-health advocate Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City.

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