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Sneaker tax? Illinois considers a 25-cent charge

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SPRINGFIELD— The cost of a new pair of basketball shoes could jump by 25 cents under a proposal floated this week by an Illinois lawmaker.

State Rep. Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, wants to create a new tax that would generate an estimated $3 million annually for a youth job preparation program. He said the added cost would likely go unnoticed by most consumers, while helping finance a program for kids during tight budget times.

“Everywhere, funding is challenged,”Davis said. “I see it as a uniquely creative way of helping youth.”

Under the proposal, consumers buying any kind of athletic shoe would pay an extra 25 cents. Proceeds from the new tax would be earmarked for the state’s YouthBuild programs

There are a handful of YouthBuild programs throughout Illinois. In McLean County, for example, YouthBuild participants can learn basic construction skills while they build homes for low-income residents.

Davis said he decided an athletic shoe tax would be a good fit for the YouthBuild program because younger Illinoisans are major consumers of shoes.

“Who wears athletic shoes the most? It’s probably kids,” he said.

The proposal, however, is no slam dunk.

Rob Karr, senior vice president of Illinois Retail Merchants Association, said the organization will fight the proposal because it would create an unnecessary amount of additional paperwork for store owners.

“It imposes significant administrative burdens on the retailer,” Karr said.

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» 18 Comments

  1. reddecaesari

    February 5th, 2013

    between this tax and planned parenthood, liberals love stupid.

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  2. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    February 5th, 2013

    No place in Illinois is more than a two-hour drive from an out-of-state WAL-MART, and you were planning a trip in that direction next weekend anyway, RIGHT?

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  3. BILL

    February 5th, 2013

    isn’t a sneaker tax racist?

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  4. thirdtwin

    February 5th, 2013

    It’s true. When Dontavious buys his $300 noo shoos with an EBT, he won’t notice. When Zerell shoots Dontavious and takes his shoes Zerell won’t notice. When H’akeem Shoplifts his $200 Nikes, he won’t notice.

    When I buy my $19.99 Walmart flatfoots, I will damn sure notice.

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  5. old_oaks

    February 5th, 2013

    All the more reason to use brick and mortar establishments to try stuff on before ordering online.

    There’s been many times where I needed something like a router or a hard drive and found myself at Best Buy placing an order on my cell phone.

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  6. BILL

    February 5th, 2013

    are sneakers stolen from other people taxed?

    a lot of sneaker stealin going on.

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  7. Grace_ia

    February 5th, 2013

    As if any tax actually paid exactly for the purpose it was proposed! They are always put in the general fund and parsed out for whatever “important” use the bureaucrats decide, and so government grows and grows. Talk about waste and duplication.

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  8. Dadof3

    February 5th, 2013

    They’ve been trying sneakier and sneakier taxes all the time.

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  9. serfer62

    February 5th, 2013

    TAXES!!!

    Is that all the Goddamn Kommiecrats ever think about????

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  10. aleon

    February 5th, 2013

    NEWS FLASH: Chicago reports increased gun violence over sneaker tax. Reports are coming in of people being shot for their Nikes. Rahm Emanuel has called for all south side residents to go barefoot.

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  11. Unneutral

    February 5th, 2013

    Democrats have a real fetish about increasing taxes and their non-stop pushing stinks worse than a sweaty sneaker.

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  12. persecutor

    February 5th, 2013

    Stop your racist bellyaching.. it’s for the chilluns!

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  13. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 5th, 2013

    Only 25 cents? What difference at this point does it make?

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  14. Corky

    February 5th, 2013

    Let me get this straight–one buys shoes with an EBT card so they bought them with our money so the extra 25 cents is paid by us. Now they use this money to pay the same yoots to build houses that they themselves will live in–all on our dime (or quarter). Is that right?

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  15. Ted Nougat

    February 5th, 2013

    When the Left determines an activity or product is dangerous or harmful and wishes for it to CEASE, they levy a Tax(Fine)on the activity or product: Carbon Emissions, Tobacco, etc.

    Yet, they believe that through the same method of raising Taxes (Fines) on certain activities and products, like hard-working, productive, job-creating, “rich” Americans, and now Sneakers – prosperity will be the end result.

    Being a Liberal means never having to think beyond your good intentions.

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  16. hanoverfist

    February 5th, 2013

    Can we tax the border sneakers?

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  17. thirdtwin

    February 5th, 2013

    @hanoverfist…

    Sure. We can tax ‘em when they stop to fill up at the Federal status stations.

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  18. theJadedBarell

    February 5th, 2013

    VAT Tax, one product at a time!

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