No Pop Tax
A Group of Cook County residents, calling themselves, “No Pop Tax,” are fighting back against Toni Preckwinkle and Chuy Garcia’s Regressive “Pop Tax.” The group is simply urging consumers to “Buy Juice, Not Pop.” 100% Juice products are exempt from the Pop Tax. Also, Juice is also not subject to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 5 cents bottled water surcharge.
Cook County projects the Pop Tax will generate $67.8 million this year and more than $200 million next fiscal year. No Pop Tax activists hope to discourage people from buying sugary drinks and thereby frustrate the county’s attempt to balance its budget on the backs of the poor.
According to No Pop Tax Organizer, Dock Walls, “If our efforts result in a 50% reduction in the sale of sugary drinks, in Cook County, we will upset the county’s budget. That may be sufficient to force the county to repeal the Pop Tax.”
No Pop Tax organizers acknowledge the difficulty associated with a countywide effort of this magnitude. Walls said, “We know Cook County Board President Toni “Taxwinkle” Preckwinkle and her Floor Leader Jesus “Fuy Chuy” Garcia are willing to pull out all stops to force this tax on poor people. Their determination makes our people’s effort an uphill climb.” Walls stated, “However, nothing beats a failure but a try.”
No Pop Tax is encouraging everyone to tell everyone, they should “Buy Juice, Not Pop.” Additionally, No Pop Tax is urging people to call Toni Preckwinkle’s office @ 312. 603-6400 and tell her to “Tax The Rich Not The Poor.”
No Pop Tax is also encouraging people to Register To Vote and to make their vote count.
No Pop Tax Method
No Pop Tax will encourage Cook County consumers to only buy items that are not subject to the Regressive Cook County Pop Tax. That includes:
- 100% natural fruit/vegetable juice, syrup and powder with no added sweetener.
- Milk, soy, rice, or similar milk substitutes that are the primary ingredient (more than 50%).
- Unsweetened drinks to which a purchaser can add, or can request that a retailer add, sugar, at the point of sale.
- Any syrup or powder that the consumer himself or herself combines with other ingredients to create a beverage.
No Pop Tax Objective
Make the cost of administering the Sweetened Beverage Tax Initiative outweigh the benefits and thereby, cause Cook County to Repeal the Sweetened Beverage Tax, a.k.a the “Pop Tax.”
No Pop Tax Goal
Hold the County to under 50% of the anticipated/projected “Pop Tax” revenue.
No Pop Tax Proposed Solution
Replace The Pop Tax with a luxury tax.
No Pop Tax Arguments
- Working Class and Poor people should not pay more taxes to fund Toni Preckwinkle and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s wasteful Cook County programs.
- Driving to Indiana to buy pop is a cop out.
- The people will win if they Stand Up and Fight Back.
- The Pop Tax Revenue is Blood Money
Cook County Commissioners who voted for the “Pop Tax”
Luis Arroyo Jr., D-Chicago;
Jerry “Iceman” Butler, D-Chicago;
John Daley, D-Chicago;
Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, Floor Leader, D-Chicago;
Edward Moody, D-Chicago Ridge;
Stanley Moore, D-Chicago;
Deborah Sims D-Chicago;
Larry Suffredin, D-Chicago.
Cook County Commissioners who voted against the “Pop Tax”
Richard Boykin, D-Oak Park;
John Fritchey, D-Chicago;
Bridget Gainer, D-Chicago;
Gregg Goslin, R-Glenview;
Sean Morrison, R-Palos Park;
Timothy O. “Tim” Schneider, R-Bartlett;
Peter Silvestri, R-Elmwood Park;
Jeffrey Tobolski, D-McCook.
Cook County Commissioners who was Absent
Commissioner Robert Steele, D-Chicago
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle
History of the Pop Tax Lawsuit
On Jun 30, 2017, Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak issued a temporary restraining order halting the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax. That order delayed implementation of Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Floor Leader Jesus “Chuy” Garcia’s “Pop Tax.” That Regressive tax would add a penny-per-ounce to all sugary drinks and drinks made with artificial sweeteners. Soft drinks, sodas, sports drinks, teas, lemonades, sweetened powders and syrups used for fountain drinks are all included.
The lawsuit filed by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association asserted the Pop Tax was unconstitutionally vague. Furthermore, it does not apply uniformly to the same drinks. The Retailers insisted businesses were not prepared to begin collecting the tax as scheduled. They insisted that lack of readiness was due to numerous recent ordinance modifications made by the County.
Board President Toni Preckwinkle insisted that without the Pop Tax, the county would have to make massive cuts. Preckwinkle threatened to lay off more 1,100 employees. The proposed list cited hospital workers, corrections officers, and sheriff’s police. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office projected a 17 percent reduction in its workforce, including 400 jail workers.
On July 12th Judge Kubasiak held an evidentiary hearing. On July 28, 2017, Kubasiak dismissed the Illinois Retail Merchants Association’s lawsuit. The judge also vacated the temporary restraining order. Those rulings cleared the way for Preckwinkle and Garcia to begin Pop Tax collection, at the consumer level, effective Aug 2, 2017.
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