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County Commissioner Laughs off Sales Tax Repeal

Thursday, May 07, 2009
Chicago Public Radio
by Tony Arnold

The fate of the Cook County sales tax rollback is still up in the air. Board President Todd Stroger has not decided whether to veto the cut approved earlier this week.

On Tuesday, Stroger vowed to veto the measure which would scale back the sales tax by one percentage point. He said otherwise, the county would lose $300-million and he would have to close hospitals and health clinics. But since then, Stroger has said he may actually keep the sales tax rollback.

Commissioner Earlene Collins missed Tuesday's surprise vote. At a committee meeting today on a different topic, she made a point to bring it up.

COLLINS: If we talking about saving money, getting rid - and especially now. Everybody want to lay off everybody. I don't know how you going to violate these union contracts you already signed on to next year when you find out you don't have any revenue coming in.

After her speech, when asked what she thought of the sales tax repeal, Collins laughed and walked away. Collins has been a key Stroger ally on the board.


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