SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Concerned about the impact on small businesses and working families, state Rep. Litesa Wallace, D-Rockford, is sponsoring a resolution opposed to a tax on soda, juice, sports drinks and other sugary beverages.
“I have heard from many residents who are tired of excessive taxes, and a new tax on something they enjoy would be burdensome and regressive,” Wallace said. “Additionally, a sugar tax in the Stateline would likely lead to a loss of business to Wisconsin.”
House Resolution 148 is a bipartisan initiative that states opposition to a proposed tax on sugary drinks. In addition to questioning the supposed health benefits of a sugar tax, it expresses concern about the economic impact of such a tax, and urges lawmakers to oppose any plan that taxes beverages by the ounce.
“Across our state and our region, jobs depend on the beverage industry,” Wallace said. “Additionally, I do not believe that it is our place as lawmakers to force behavior changes on individuals. People should be able to drink soft drinks of their choosing without paying a fee.”
For more information, please contact Wallace’s constituent service office at 815-987-7433 or at email@example.com.
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