Soda Tax Repeal May Be in Near Future
The Chicago soda tax to be repealed next week. After months of back and forth debate over what’s best for the children of Chicago and the residents of Chicago many politicians have changed their position on the bill. A “bipartisan” agreement has come into the works to shut down the penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages. Commissioners, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Stanley Moore have both changed their stance on the tax this week, according to a county government news release. County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was counting on them to keep the tax in place to get much needed revenue from the tax in order to avoid major cuts to the public health and safety sectors.
Supporters keep shifting their minds away from their pro-tax stance including Commissioner John Daley that announced this week he would no longer support the tax. Withdrawing the tax comes with its own set of issues including filling around $200 million in the budget that they had planned for.
“When we voted on the soda tax, I made a tough decision that I believed was best for Cook County,” Garcia said. “In order to repeal and phase out the soda tax in a responsible way, I have decided to co-sponsor legislation that will mitigate the effect of an immediate repeal on vital county services and allow for a more orderly transition.”