121 Report – CRMA – December 2016

In This Issue:

City Hall Leadership Changes
Cook County Committee Changes
Upcoming Legislation Effective Dates
Legislative Initiatives

CHICAGO CHANGES LEADERSHIP ROLES

 

After winning her election for State Comptroller, former Chicago City Clerk, Susana Mendoza, was sworn in to office on December 5, 2016. A week later, Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed then Director of the Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs (LCGA), Anna Valencia, to the post. Clerk Valencia will serve out the rest of the term pending City Council approval. Her first order of business will be gather information about whether the office should be combined with the city Comptroller’s office. In addition, she will be working on a municipal ID program to aid residents who traditionally have difficulty getting state-issued identification in securing certain social services and other government resources. Clerk Valencia will serve until the next city election which will be held in 2019.

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121 Report – CRMA – November 2016

IN THIS ISSUE:

COOK COUNTY SWEETENED BEVERAGE TAX
BAG TAX
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

 

COOK COUNTY WRAPS UP 2017 BUDGET SEASON WITH 

A TAX AND A PROMISE

This week, the Cook County Board passed its 2017 budget by accounting for $100 million of its deficit with a combination of cuts to county employees, holding the line on COLA increases for non-union employees, reductions in non-essential spending and increased revenue projections. With $74 million remaining in the deficit, President Preckwinkle turned to a proposal to implement a tax on beverages sweetened with sugar or artificial sweeteners. The controversial proposal was met with fierce opposition from IRMA and all of our partners along the chain in the beverage industry. After meetings with the Commissioners, phone calls, letters, emails, a TV, radio and social media campaign and in-store efforts to alert customers to the impending tax, the measure passed by one vote.

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Let’s Say Thank You

November 14, 2016          

***ACTION ALERT***

THEY VOTED “NO”, NOW LET’S SHOW THEM SOME GRATITUDE

These days, it has been a challenge to convince many elected officials to stand with employers and protect jobs in a meaningful way.  The sweetened beverage tax debate was a perfect opportunity for Cook County Board Members to vote against a tax that will make our border retailers vulnerable, will be very difficult and expensive to administer and ultimately cost jobs at both the retail and distribution levels.

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121 Report – CRMA – October 2016

MAYOR EMANUEL GIVES BUDGET ADDRESS FOCUSED ON 

BRIDGING DIVIDES AND UNITING THE CITY

Considering the very local and national conversation this country is having regarding quality of life, addressing the lingering racial divides, issues of inequality, political and community leadership, Mayor Emanuel’s annual budget address took a more pensive tone than in recent years. Instead of focusing on pension deficits and plugging budget holes resulting from years of kicking the financial can down the road, the Mayor focused on the importance of mentoring young people, providing first jobs and job training, and how critical it is to develop every community, not just those in or near the central business district. With the immediate needs of pensions behind him (due to the recently passed water tax increase for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund, the increase in property taxes for Police and Fire and the increased 911 surcharge for the city’s Laborers) he could focus the budget address on his goals for rebuilding communities.

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121 Report – CRMA – July 2016

 CITY COUNCIL AND COOK COUNTY ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS

 

INTRODUCTIONS

Employer’s Expense Tax

Sponsors:  Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward), Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward), Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward) and 11 co-sponsors

Committee:  Committees, Rules and Ethics

After advocating against the tax originally imposed by the Daley administration and repealed by the City Council in the current administration, a leader of the Progressive Caucus wants to resurrect the job-killing, anti-growth tax.  The tax singles out employers that have at least 50 employees that work as commission merchants or that work full-time or any combination thereof.

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