Friday, November 13, 2015

Cook Co., IL - Oppose e-cigarette taxes in the 2016 budget

Cook Co., IL
URGENT Update - 11.13.15

The initially proposed $0.20 tax per milliliter on e-liquid would be doubled to $0.40 under a proposed amendment from Comm. Larry Suffredin (introduced late yesterday afternoon). Coupled with Chicago’s recently enacted tax, e-liquid sold in the city would be taxed at $0.95 per mL and $0.80 per cartridge.

The proposed amendment will be considered in the Finance Committee today

1:00 p.m.
Cook County Building, Board Room

We realize it is going to be difficult, if not impossible, for most people to attend this meeting, but it is imperative that you contact your commissioner (contact information and talking points are provided below as part of the original Local Alert)--as well as members of the Finance Committee--to let them know how you feel about imposing such a ruinous tax on these potentially life-saving products.

Please share this link on social media:

Cook County, IL
Board of Commissioners
Dist.
Commissioner
Phone
Email
1
Richard R. Boykin
(312) 603-4566
richard.boykin@cookcountyil.gov
2
Robert Steele
(312) 603-3019
r.steele@robertsteele.org
3
Jerry “Iceman” Butler
(312) 603 6391
jerry.butler@cookcountyil.gov
4
Stanley Moore
(312) 603-2065
stanley@commissionermoore.com
5
Deborah Sims
(312) 603 6381
deborah.sims@cookcountyil.gov
6
Joan Patricia Murphy
(312) 603-4216
joan.murphy@cookcountyil.gov
7
Jesus G. Garcia
(312) 603-5443
Jesus.Garcia@cookcountyil.gov
8
Luis Arroyo Jr.
(312) 603-6386
luis.arroyojr@cookcountyil.gov
9
Peter N. Silvestri
(312) 603-4393
cookcty9@aol.com
10
Bridget Gainer
(312) 603-4210
Office@bridgetgainer.com
11
John P. Daley
(312) 603-4400
john.daley@cookcountyil.gov
12
John A. Fritchey
(312) 603-6380
commish@fritchey.com
13
Larry Suffredin
(312) 603-6383
larry.suffredin@cookcountyil.gov
14
Gregg Goslin
(312) 603-4932
commissioner.goslin@cookcountyil.gov
15
Timothy O. Schneider
(312) 603-6388
tim.schneider@cookcountyil.gov
16
Jeffrey R. Tobolski
(312) 603-6384
Jeffrey.tobolski@cookcountyil.gov
17
Sean M. Morrison
(312) 603-4215
sean.morrison@cookcountyil.gov  

Comma delimited email list:

richard.boykin@cookcountyil.gov, r.steele@robertsteele.org, jerry.butler@cookcountyil.gov, stanley@commissionermoore.com, deborah.sims@cookcountyil.gov, joan.murphy@cookcountyil.gov, Jesus.Garcia@cookcountyil.gov, luis.arroyojr@cookcountyil.gov, cookcty9@aol.com, Office@bridgetgainer.com, john.daley@cookcountyil.gov, commish@fritchey.com, larry.suffredin@cookcountyil.gov, commissioner.goslin@cookcountyil.gov, tim.schneider@cookcountyil.gov, Jeffrey.tobolski@cookcountyil.gov, sean.morrison@cookcountyil.gov

Original post - 10.20.15


On Wednesday, October 14th, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presented her Executive Budget Recommendation for FY2016. Among other things, the budget includes a $0.20/milliliter tax on e-liquid. If approved, this would almost double the tax proposed on Chicago residents and, of course, unfairly tax all vapor consumers in Cook County.


The proposed budget has moved on to the finance committee and will be discussed at several meetings through the end of October. Public hearings on the budget are scheduled for:
6:30 PM
Sixth District Courthouse
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6:30 PM
Second District Courthouse


Please make plans to attend these hearings. Even if you do not intend to speak, your presence is important as it demonstrates the large numbers of people engaged in and affected by this tax proposal.


Please also take a moment now to send emails and make phone calls to county commissioners. We have provided contact information and talking points below.


Cook County, IL
Board of Commissioners
Dist.
Commissioner
Phone
Email
1
Richard R. Boykin
(312) 603-4566
richard.boykin@cookcountyil.gov
2
Robert Steele
(312) 603-3019
r.steele@robertsteele.org
3
Jerry “Iceman” Butler
(312) 603 6391
jerry.butler@cookcountyil.gov
4
Stanley Moore
(312) 603-2065
stanley@commissionermoore.com
5
Deborah Sims
(312) 603 6381
deborah.sims@cookcountyil.gov
6
Joan Patricia Murphy
(312) 603-4216
joan.murphy@cookcountyil.gov
7
Jesus G. Garcia
(312) 603-5443
Jesus.Garcia@cookcountyil.gov
8
Luis Arroyo Jr.
(312) 603-6386
luis.arroyojr@cookcountyil.gov
9
Peter N. Silvestri
(312) 603-4393
cookcty9@aol.com
10
Bridget Gainer
(312) 603-4210
Office@bridgetgainer.com
11
John P. Daley
(312) 603-4400
john.daley@cookcountyil.gov
12
John A. Fritchey
(312) 603-6380
commish@fritchey.com
13
Larry Suffredin
(312) 603-6383
larry.suffredin@cookcountyil.gov
14
Gregg Goslin
(312) 603-4932
commissioner.goslin@cookcountyil.gov
15
Timothy O. Schneider
(312) 603-6388
tim.schneider@cookcountyil.gov
16
Jeffrey R. Tobolski
(312) 603-6384
Jeffrey.tobolski@cookcountyil.gov
17
Sean M. Morrison
(312) 603-4215
sean.morrison@cookcountyil.gov  


Comma delimited email list:


richard.boykin@cookcountyil.gov, r.steele@robertsteele.org, jerry.butler@cookcountyil.gov, stanley@commissionermoore.com, deborah.sims@cookcountyil.gov, joan.murphy@cookcountyil.gov, Jesus.Garcia@cookcountyil.gov, luis.arroyojr@cookcountyil.gov, cookcty9@aol.com, Office@bridgetgainer.com, john.daley@cookcountyil.gov, commish@fritchey.com, larry.suffredin@cookcountyil.gov, commissioner.goslin@cookcountyil.gov, tim.schneider@cookcountyil.gov, Jeffrey.tobolski@cookcountyil.gov, sean.morrison@cookcountyil.gov


SUGGESTED TALKING POINTS


1) Ostensibly, taxes on traditional cigarettes are intended to discourage use. However, due to the fact that e-cigarettes and other smoke-free tobacco products are estimated to be 99% less harmful than smoking, discouraging use is counter to goals of reducing smoking rates.


2) Other governments are taking exactly the opposite approach; Public Health England (the government public health agency) recently explicitly endorsed a policy of encouraging smokers to switch to e-cigarettes and vapor products (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/e-cigarettes-an-evidence-update).


3) Sin taxes are regressive. The smoking population, those switching to vaping, is disproportionately made up of poor and low-income people. Sin taxes place unnecessary burdens on an already financially challenged group.


4) Imposing a tax on these products will drive consumers to shop in neighboring counties that do not have a similar tax. Concurrently, consumers will be encouraged to shop online for better deals, sending even more money out of the community. Local businesses will not be able to compete, be forced to close their doors, and jobs will be lost. This is bad for the county and will result in less revenue, not more.


5) It is important to note that vapor products are already subject to a general sales tax.

6) Taxing e-cigarettes in a manner similar to how cigarettes are taxed sends a confusing and inaccurate message to would-be adopters that these two very different products present similar risks.  The result of this message is that more people, those that otherwise would have switched to a smoke-free product, will be encouraged to continue smoking.

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