A penny-per-ounce soda tax could be coming in July to help fill Cook County coffers if Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s sugary drink tax passes. The tax will include both bottled and fountain drinks containing either sugar or artificial sweeteners. That means soda and diet soda as well as fruit, sports and energy drinks. The controversial tax could help close an estimated $175 million county budget shortfall.
Preckwinkle joins Carol Marin to talk about her proposed $4.4 billion 2017 budget, layoffs and priorities.
Update: A response to Preckwinkle's proposed soda tax from the Cook County Against Beverage Taxes Coalition.
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July 11: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss the huge budget gap facing the county – and how she wants to tackle the problem.