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posted: 9/4/2017 1:00 AM

Absurd sugar tax will live in infamy

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Regarding the AP story in the Herald Aug. 11 concerning the federal government stepping in to tell Cook County they may not tax people with the beverage tax who are using food stamps (on SNAP), because they can't afford it: Now here is the irony.

These sweetened drinks provide no nutritional value and shouldn't be allowed to be purchased on food stamps anyway. Regrettably, the highest percentage of people both obese and on Obamacare under Medicaid are in this low-income bracket. The tax itself was a miscarriage of a bureaucracy that has no concept of a budget. Now they have thrown the management of it upon the retailers and restaurants who have to sort out not only how much, but who will pay the taxes.

This absurd tax will live in infamy around Toni Preckwinkle and her minions.

Richard Francke


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