Chicago's soda tax repealed, in blow to 'nanny-state crusade'

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Voters were also asked whether they were less likely to vote for a pro-tax Cook County commissioner.

The Philadelphia Beverage Tax, which went into effect in January, levies a 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on a variety of sweet drinks, including sodas, fruit drinks, energy drinks, flavored water and re-sweetened coffee and teas.

The measure likely to be endorsed by the county board's finance committee Tuesday would end the tax on December 1.

Cook County's soda tax has officially lost its fizzle.

"It means we will have a $200 million hole in our budget and we're really challenged in terms of delivering health care services, and our criminal justice reforms", Preckwinkle said in an interview with the Herald Tuesday.

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Supporters of the movement which involve many top public health groups former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have promoted the taxes as a symbol to combat obesity while also erecting earnings for confined administration. David Goldenberg, a spokesman for the industry-funded Can the Tax Coalition said that Consumer indignation is off the charts. The ordinance is set for a vote on Tuesday, Oct. 10. But even he couldn't make moves against large beverage corporations, who obviously opposed a tax.

The 15-2 vote reflected the overwhelming opposition the tax faced among Cook County residents.

Gainer said she is committed to working with Preckwinkle and her colleagues "to approach the 2018 budget line-by-line and find alternate ways to close the budget gap".

The tax passed previous year when Board President Toni Preckwinkle cast the deciding vote after commissioners deadlocked on the measure.