CHICAGO, Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Chicagoans already pay the highest spirits tax in the nation. In fact, taxes on spirits have been increased four times since 2005. Now Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle wants to pile on yet another job-killing tax hike on distilled spirits and tobacco. Industry analysts predict that these liquor taxes could cost upward of 270 jobs in Cook County, as higher costs squeeze the hospitality industry.
After hundreds of billions of dollars in increased federal taxes out of Washington and a 67 percent state income tax hike out of Springfield, the last thing Chicagoans need is another job-killing tax hike out of Cook County.
WHAT: Opponents of the liquor tax hike will gather at Butch McGuire's Sunday afternoon to find out why the proposed tax hikes on spirits and tobacco would kill jobs and hurt the economy in Cook County, and what they can do to stop this tax.
WHEN: Press briefing: 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13
WHERE: World Famous Butch McGuire's Pub, 20 W. Division St., Chicago
WHO: Speakers will include:
Bobby McGuire, owner of Butch McGuire's
Patrick Gleason, Americans for Tax Reform
John O'Hara, Illinois Policy Institute
The Illinois Policy Institute is a nonpartisan research and education organization dedicated to making Illinois a beacon for liberty and prosperity for all citizens. As a leading voice for economic liberty and government accountability, the Institute engages policy makers, opinion leaders and citizens on the state and local level by promoting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives for a better Illinois. To learn more about the Institute or review policy briefs, please visit: www.illinoispolicy.org.
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at 202-785-0266 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOURCE Americans for Tax Reform