Rep. Wheeler: Repeal of Pop Tax a Victory for Taxpayers and Job Creators

NORTH AURORA –Small business owner and State Representative Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) released the following statement today in response to the Cook County Board Finance Committee’s vote to repeal the controversial tax on sweetened beverages effective December 1. Representative Wheeler is Chief Co-Sponsor of House Bill 4082, legislation that would repeal the tax at the state level had the Cook County Board failed to take action:

“I applaud the Cook County commissioners who listened to their constituents and voted to repeal the pop tax today,” Representative Wheeler said. “In just a short time, the pop tax was crushing small and family-owned retailers in Cook County, the very men, and women who are the backbone of our economy from Lake-Cook Road to the Indiana state line. Today is a victory for taxpayers and for job creators.” The full Cook County Board is expected to vote Wednesday to formally accept today’s move to repeal by the Finance Committee.

Representative Wheeler serves the 50thDistrict, which includes portions of west suburban Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, and Yorkville.

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