The Democrats won't be happy till they shake the last coins out of the white people's pockets to pay for the Illegal Beaners and Lawless Lazy Welfare Negroes
On the eve of her budget speech, Preckwinkle spent much of the afternoon briefing commissioners on her plans for bridging a $174 million gap that her staff first identified in late June. The new tax would be combined with about 300 layoffs and elimination of 297 vacant positions, commissioners said. In addition, Preckwinkle would reduce salary increases for nonunion workers, they said.
The beverage tax would boost the cost of pop and the like by 72 cents for a six pack of soda or 68 cents for a two-liter bottle. The tax also would be imposed on fountain drinks. And it would be applied to drinks with sugar and artificial sweeteners, commissioners said. In its first year, it would raise an estimated $74.6 million.
It could be a tough sell, with the American Beverage Association running TV and radio ads against the proposal before it was even announced and County Board members wary of imposing yet another tax on the voters who elect them.
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