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POLL: VOTERS INDICATE OVERWHELMING DISAPPROVAL OF BEVERAGE TAX

POLL: VOTERS INDICATE OVERWHELMING DISAPPROVAL OF BEVERAGE TAX

Issue will probably affect voting in next fall’s election.

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association (IMA) released poll results this morning indicating near record-levels of disapproval of the new Cook County beverage tax.

“Cook County politicians continue to show flagrant disregard for both those trying to make ends meet and employers that will be negatively impacted by the new beverage tax,” said IMA President and CEO, Greg Baise. “Nearly 87 percent of a random sample of likely voters show strong disapproval for the tax, and results clearly indicate that taxpayers aren’t buying this attempt by politicians to hoodwink them about the reason for passing it. It’s about money, not health.”

The poll—conducted by We Ask America Polls™—shows nearly 87% of likely voters disapproving of the tax (which is the highest disapproval rating the firm has ever recorded for any issue) with only 12 percent approving. The strongest opposition was expressed by Hispanic and African-American voters, with those two groups’ disapproval rate being 93% and 87% respectively. There was no statistical difference between Suburban Cook County residents and those who reside in the City.  (CLICK HERE to download poll results).

According to Baise, the tax not only is burdensome for consumers, it reinforces Cook County’s reputation as a difficult place to conduct business. Since 2000, Cook County has lost more than 40 percent of its manufacturing jobs — the largest percentage loss of any county in Illinois.

“This tax could have a chilling effect on local beverage manufacturers and their supply chain,” Baise stated. “This includes can and bottle manufacturers, packaging, and many others who are struggling to survive in a county that already has high property taxes and too many regulatory hurdles. We’re tired of it, consumers are tired of it, and this tax adds to the negative reputation that leads to businesses fleeing the area.”

Baise further stated that the IMA plans to continue being active in the effort to overturn the tax while it makes sure those who voted for it are pointed out to the electorate.

“Toni Preckwinkle and those who followed her lead in passing the new beverage tax must be accountable to the voters of Cook County,” Baise said. “We will be bringing considerable resources to bear in an effort to finally put people in office who understand that taxpayers have had it.”

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