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Preckwinkle says she was surprised at pushback to soda tax

Preckwinkle says she was surprised at pushback to soda tax”

Bloomberg is an advocate of Cook County's penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax and has promised to spend "whatever it takes" to support the re-election of politicians who back the tax, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

His proposal likely will go to committee, under the board's normal rules of procedure, unless the majority of the board decides to suspend the rules to put the plan to an immediate vote.

New polling suggests that Cook County residents don't believe what pro-soda tax ads are saying about the health motivation behind the county's new sweetened beverage tax. But it is unclear when that vote will happen.

Wednesday morning, speaking to the City Club of Chicago, Preckwinkle said she expected the measure was headed to the Finance Committee; its next scheduled meeting is in October.

"To any commissioner considering this action, I remind you that a vote to repeal is a vote to fire front-line health care providers; doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals who help serve our most vulnerable", she said.

Repealers argue that the pop tax is really about money.

Over a month later, business owners say that customers are now going elsewhere, driving down their revenue, and rallies and TV ads by opponents to the tax say that the additional charge is only a cash grab by the county that unfairly burdens taxpayers.



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