Again, Nothing Learned
You'd think that after the bottle-water-tax debacle, someone at City Hall might have pointed out how much money was lost. Nope:
- It looks like a proposed penny-an-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks just might be working its way onto the smorgasbord of tax and fee increases served up by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Ald. George Cardenas (12th), chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Health and Environmental Protection, said Monday that Emanuel has asked him to hold a hearing on the issue before Sept. 22 when the mayor is scheduled to unveil his 2016 budget.
“The mayor is supportive of my efforts to have the hearing and see the tax approved. He’s supportive of the fact that this makes sense from a health standpoint and from a budgetary standpoint. Taxing soda saves lives. We all agree on that,” Cardenas said.
It's also a job killer - a six-pack of soda just went up in price by $0.72? Twelve-packs and cases, too? We already drink diet sodas (old age), but we stopped shopping for bottled water in the city years ago to save a few bucks. Same with gasoline and a host of other products. Rahm is making it easier and easier to shop outside the city and leave the city entirely.
Labels: money questions