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Expanded soda taxes stir pushback

from The Wall Street Journal

When Cook County, Illinois, needed to plug a budget hole last year, it turned to a new levy on soft drinks it hoped would boost its fiscal health — and the health of its residents. But pushback has been fierce since the penny-an-ounce tax took effect Aug. 2 in the county that includes Chicago. Retailers are suing the county over the tax, and consumers are suing retailers. State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have introduced bills that would kill the tax and prevent counties from levying similar ones in the future. A bipartisan group of Cook County commissioners have proposed an ordinance that would repeal the tax. more

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