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Apparently, a judge has issued a temporary injunction against the Cook County soda tax, siding with the merchants who are still trying to figure out how they are supposed to collect this mess.

Meanwhile, Toni Preckwinkle had a letter to the editor in today's Chicago Tribune saying that Trib columnist Eric Zorn was incorrect when he said that the county would be charging a tax on the ice in a customer's soda. Of course, she did not explain how he was incorrect about this. I am willing to bet (an easy bet with the tax in temporary abeyance) that had I gone to McDonald's tomorrow and ordered a 32-ounce soda, I would have been charged 32 cents in Cook County soda tax, despite the presence of ice in the drink. That would seem to indicate that I am paying tax on ice.

If Preckwinkle can explain how that wouldn't be happening, I would be greatly entertained to hear that explanation.

Date: 2017-06-30 11:46 pm (UTC)
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And probably making some merchants who had worked hard to be ready bang their heads on their desks in frustration. It seems like the timing could have been better.

One does wonder how a customer-operated drink machine with free refills is supposed to apply the tax. It's just amazing how the real world gets in the way of simple solutions.

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