The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

New Chicago Tax Ain’t Sweet

Nov 14, 2016

In the midst of all the election uproar, Cook County passed a new tax on sugary drinks. This tax will add one penny for each ounce. A 12-ounce can of pop will cost 12 cents more and a 2-liter bottle will cost 68 cents more.

Toni Preckwinkle, the President of the Cook County Board, said this tax was expected to bring in 224 million dollars a year, and that it would balance the County budget.

Yes–on our backs.

Cook County and the City of Chicago already impose high taxes on ordinary people, every time we buy something. Last year they raised the sales tax by another percent, bringing it to 10.25 per cent. Now they want more out of us. This is because they DON’T tax the wealthy and the corporations.

Of course not–that’s who these Cook County politicians serve–almost all of them Democrats.