Posted on November 11, 2016 | Huffington Post by Joseph Erbentraut
Big Soda just had a really tough week.
First, voters in Boulder, Colorado, and in three cities in California approved new local taxes on soda on Election Day. Then, on Thursday, the board of commissioners in Illinois’ Cook County ― which includes Chicago ― moved to approve a tax of 1 cent per ounce on soda and other sugary beverages.
The tax, set to take effect July 1, will affect all 5.2 million residents of Cook County, the largest jurisdiction to pass a soda tax thus far.
Cook County’s move completes a five-for-five sweep for soda tax advocates this week.