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Illinois Lawmakers Consider Taxing Sugary Drinks

Chloe Muro
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Lawmakers scrambling to find money to fix Illinois’ multi-billion dollar deficit are looking to sugary drinks as one potential source of revenue.  

Taxing distributors of sodas and other sugary beverages was among the revenue-generating ideas a group of lawmakers proposed to Gov. Bruce Rauner and other leaders last week.  They’re trying to finally end an epic budget impasse.  

The proposal would impose a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, syrups or powders.  Estimates vary on how much money the tax would collect: anywhere from $375 million to $600 million.  

The state is facing a $5 billion deficit and growing.  

Lawmakers are also considering raising the state income from 3-point-75 percent to 4-point-85 percent and making budget cuts as part of an overall deal contingent on Rauner getting pro-business, union-weakening reforms.  

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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