Coca-Colas, Pepsi and Sprite are all soft drink brands that for decades have been popular among Black consumers in Chicago and America for generations. Preckwinkle has proposed a penny-an-ounce sweetened beverage tax for consumers in Cook County. She said the plan could help Cook County and thousands of Blacks who struggled to stay healthy and in shape. “I don’t want to mislead you. This is a revenue-generating idea, but this also benefits the consumer health,” Preckwinkle said.

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bob oriole park
3 years ago

If the goal is to fight obesity then why does it apply to beverages that don’t have sugar added? Seems to me if that is the desired outcome they need to double the tax on sweetened drinks and lift it entirely on diet soda.

Paul
3 years ago

It will also help as they will have less money to spend on food. Better to revise what you can get with EBTs that is why many low income are overweight.

Hele Smithe
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Can u buy soda with EBT?

nixit71
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

According to the doc below, SNAP retailers cannot charge state or local sales taxes on eligible items purchased with SNAP benefits. So since cola is eligible for SNAP benefits, I don’t think Preckwinkle’s soda tax would apply for SNAP users. And if that’s the case, I don’t think it’s going to curb soda consumption for overweight, low income folks.

http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/Retailer_Training_Guide.pdf

Red Raspberry
3 years ago
Reply to  nixit71

Another well planned theft…..