Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sanctuary Crook County to lay off 1,100 because of soda tax delay

The unpopular Cook County soda tax was blocked from being implemented by a judge earlier this month.

What is left out of this article is how much of the money for that new tax would go to pay for health care for illegals and of course, public worker pensions.

From ABC Chicago:
A hearing on the tax has been pushed back until next week, but Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday that layoff notices will be going out soon.

Preckwinkle was counting on that tax revenue to generate tens of millions of dollars this year alone, and without it she said she has no option but to take drastic measures. So, starting later this week, more than 1,100 layoff notices will start going out.

"So let me be clear, the crisis is real, so the cuts must be real," Preckwinkle said.

With the court challenge to the county's sweetened beverage tax expected to drag on for weeks or months, the layoffs could not be delayed. And with 87 percent of the county budget going to public health and public safety, the impact will be felt most significantly at county hospitals and the sheriff's department and the courts.
Crook County, Illinois is a sanctuary county and Chicago, its county seat, is a sanctuary city.

Illegal aliens--and unfunded public worker pension plans--can be a real drain on taxpayers, such as for this Cook County resident.

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