Mt. Vernon Register-News

Opinion

February 26, 2014

A soda tax, no kidding

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And that money would be used to further expand government.

Illinois doesn’t have a revenue problem — it has a spending problem.

Revenues are at their highest level in the state’s 196-year history.

But our state government is still broke.

There is an insatiable thirst for dollars in Springfield that no soda tax can quench.

While soda may be making people overweight, new taxes are making our government fat.

That in itself is a good reason for supporters of the new tax to put a cork in it.

Scott Reeder is a veteran statehouse reporter and the journalist in residence at the Illinois Policy Institute. He can be reached at sreeder@illinoispolicy.org.

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