Nanny State Defeated: Chicago Area Soda Tax Repealed

An outrageous soda tax in the Chicago area has been repealed. Taxes on things like soda hit low income people and families the hardest but the Liberal nanny state always thinks it knows what’s best for everyone.

FOX News reports:

Chicago’s soda tax repealed, in blow to ‘nanny-state crusade’

The Cook County Board voted Wednesday to repeal the Chicago-area county’s controversial soda tax, after a public backlash to the penny-per-ounce charge.

Low-tax advocates cheered the decision as a blow to the “nanny-state crusade.” Cook County, which includes Chicago, was the largest jurisdiction in the country with a soda tax.

“If there is one city America’s tax and spenders should be able muscle through the latest tax fad, it would be Chicago. And yet in this tax and spend, Democrat-run city, consumers forced the city council to cough up their recent tax hike and repeal the soda tax,” Grover Norquist, president of the anti-tax Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement.

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Wednesday’s vote would nix the soda tax — which only recently went into effect — by December.

Proponents of the tax claimed it would improve public health by discouraging the purchase of sugary drinks, which have been connected to health issues like obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

But critics argued it hurt retailers and hit low-income residents particularly hard.

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