Court Upholds Restraining Order on Soda Tax

Early this week, an Illinois appeals court upheld a temporary restraining order issued a few weeks ago against the 1 cent per ounce Cook Country soda tax. In response, county officials threatened as many as 1,100 country employees would be laid off as a result of the decision. The new tax was projected to raise…

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Court Stays Cook County Soda Tax

A Cook County Circuit Judge granted a temporary injunction enjoining the implementation of the new Cook County penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages until at least July 12 and the court can hear more arguments over the validity of the issue. In granting the petition sought by the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Judge Daniel Kubasiak found…

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Soda Tax Challenged

Well, the fact that the Philadelphia soda tax has been upheld by the Pennsylvania courts wasn’t enough to discourage the Illinois Retail Merchants Association from filing a court challenge to the new Cook County soda tax. The group filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction in Cook County Circuit…

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Seattle Adopts Soda Tax, May Apply to Coffee Drinks

It was the city that first fell for the Fight for $15 narrative and this week it added a soda and sugary drink tax to its mandates. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed the 1.75 cent per ounce tax into law Tuesday, the day after the Seattle city council passed the money grab on a 7…

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Soda Taxes Spilling To Other States

Speaking of New Mexico, minimum wages aren’t the only issue generating headlines – voters in the capital city of Santa Fe have until next Tuesday to decide whether the city will impose a tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce – increasing the price of soda by 25 cents per can. Early voting…

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Philly Delays Salary History Ban

With another lawsuit pending (yet again) on a new law enacted in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the city will delay enforcement of the ban on salary history questions in employment interviews until the courts provide some clarity. The ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the City Council in…

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Tax it, Label it, Tether it!

In some ways, the state of California began the rush to apply additional punitive taxes to customers who buy “sugary beverages” when Berkeley voters passed a measure to apply a $.01 cent per ounce tax on purchase in 2014. Since that time, no fewer than 4 other communities in the Golden State have enacted it…

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Salary History Is the New Taboo

When government officials were up in arms over employment questions about criminal records, may it was orange, but today there can be little doubt that salary history is the new black! Last year, Massachusetts started the trend by banning questions about salary history on employment applications so as not to “facilitate income inequality”, but now…

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Soda Taxes Go 4 For 4

Ballot initiatives to impose additional taxes on sugary drinks went undefeated on Election Day as four more local communities (3 in California) passed the initiatives.  San Francisco, along with Albany and Oakland all passed sugary drink taxes, mimicking the first-in-the-nation soda tax enshrined in Berkeley back in 2014.  These measures, each of which assess an…

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Cook County, Again

Maybe they’re enjoying the notoriety of adopting more and more progressive laws (paid sick leave law 3 weeks ago and the above-referenced minimum wage), but the Cook County Board is apparently looking for more. Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants the county to adopt a tax of $.01 per ounce on soda and other sugary…

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