The Sponsor of Chicago’s Bottled Water Tax is at It Again

On February 25, 2012, Alderman George Cardenas introduced a resolution that would increase the excise tax on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Chicago. See Chicago Bottle Water Tax Guide.

Alderman Cardenas says a tax on soft drinks will make people thinner. But, since 1992, Chicago has been the only city taxing soft drinks—and those taxes have had no impact on obesity.

If this tax increase passes, our families could be forced to pay 1¢ for every ounce of soda we buy at the grocery store.

It doesn’t sound like much at first, but that’s an increase of up to $2.88 per case of soda!

If this wasteful and inefficient tax hike goes into effect, it could put more than 3,890 local beverage manufacturing and distribution jobs at risk.

Now is not the time to burden our families with more taxes on our shopping carts.

In his Inaugural Address, Mayor Emanuel told us that Chicago “taxpayers deserve a more effective and efficient government than the one we have today.”

We agree.

Why now do our lawmakers think a wasteful beverage tax increase is what our families deserve? Especially when polls show that nearly 70% of Chicagoans are against the idea.*

We’ve joined together to stop this newest round of taxes by creating the citizens’ coalition, the Chicago Coalition Against Beverage Taxes.

Learn more about the negative impact beverage tax increases have on Chicago’s jobs and families.

We invite you to join us in the fight against bad tax ideas.








* We Ask America, “Chicago Sugar-Soft Drink Tax Poll,” 19 February 2012.

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