In a blow to Michael Bloomberg’s nanny-state crusade, the Cook County Board today voted to abolish Chicago’s hated pop tax.
Cook County was the largest municipality in the U.S. to levy a soda tax. The one-cent per ounce soda tax, which went into effect in August, required a rare tie-breaking vote from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the top champion of that regressive tax hike, in order to receive final passage back in November of 2016.
After a fierce public backlash against the tax, the board repealed the tax today by a vote of 15 -1. The soda tax was a top priority of former New York City mayor Bloomberg. He dumped $5 million into a pro-soda-tax campaign in the county.
This is the second recent major defeat for Bloomberg. Santa Fe voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot measure that would have imposed a soda tax in that city.
“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,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “This is huge victory for consumers and taxpayers and demonstrates to the world that there is a limit to the burden taxpayers will carry—even in Chicago.”