SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois has one of the highest tax rates in the state, and with the ongoing budget crisis, many families are hurting. To counter another attempt to put more taxes on Illinois residents, state Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, is opposing a proposed tax on sugary beverages.
“I stand in opposition to implementing a new sugar tax on the backs of Illinois families,” Costello said. “It is unacceptable that Illinois residents should be asked to take on the burden of paying a tax on commonly sold beverages, which would include soda, juices, tea, coffee, or anything being sold with sugar.”
Costello is a sponsor of House Resolution 148 stating legislator’s opposition to any new taxes on sugary beverages. With recent budget discussions bringing up the possibility of a tax, Costello is standing firm with taxpayers that a tax on certain groceries is unacceptable.
“We need to support our Illinois families and small businesses, and ensure we invest in them, not saddle them with new costs,” Costello said. “This tax would not only affect consumers, but also raise costs on local businesses that manufacture and distribute beverages. I will continue to fight against unreasonable new ways to take money from our community.”
State Rep. Jerry Costello II represents Illinois’ 116th district, which includes all or parts of St. Clair, Randolph, Monroe, and Perry Counties. His office can be reached by phone at 618-282-7284 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.