Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testifies in opposition to Cook County sweetened beverage tax

On Thursday, Michael Reever, Vice President of Government Relations for the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce testified in opposition to the Cook County penny per ounce sweetened beverage tax.

“The Chamber is opposed to this unnecessary and regressive tax especially at a time when last year the County Board approved $130 million in wage increases it couldn’t afford, and when employers are facing a cumulative set of costly mandates and taxes approved by the County and City of Chicago. Cook County will continue to see a lack of local economic development because employers continue not to know what is coming and how to pay for it. The County continues to make our surrounding counties, such as DuPage and Lake, a one-stop shop for Cook County residents instead of spending their money here,” said Michael Reever at the Cook County Board Finance Committee.

The Chicagoland Chamber stands ready to be a partner with members of the Cook County Board to ensure Cook County remains a world-class place to live, work, and visit, but not at the expense of making our businesses less competitive. 

Click here to read the Chicagoland Chamber’s statement.