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Illinois Has Found Another Thing to Tax You On

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Illinois residents are upset over this proposed tax.

We all know Illinois is in a massive amount of debt. School and community funding have all been cut and there are job cuts state-wide, too. No matter which way you look at it, to quote a 90’s Batman movie, Illinois (like Gotham City) ‘needs an enema.’

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We all also know, that raising taxes is another attempt to dig out. But this tax increase is being said to help combat the obesity in the State.

I can give some credit where credit is due. Illinois does have a 30.8% obesity rate, but so are 21 other states. Illinois certainly isn’t anywhere near the over 36% obesity rate Louisiana is, making them the most obese state in our country.

According to WQAD.com,

Illinois lawmakers want to put a tax on anything with sugar flavoring. The tax would include coffee, tea, soda, juice, sports drinks, syrups and powders. The tax would hike up the price for any drink with more than five grams of sugar.

On average, consumers could expect to pay around $1.44 more for a 12-pack of soda. The cup of coffee could go up a penny an ounce.

If passed, this tax could begin in May 2017 and bring in $224 million dollars per year. It can also put more of a struggle on small businesses like coffee shops, local bars and restaurants.

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