Please see below for an important action alert from the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity.
We need your help TODAY!
As you know, the Senate leadership has proposed a sugary drink tax as part of a budget solution for Illinois (Senate Bill 9). SB 9 is being heard in committee tomorrow so we need your help today!
While we work to advocate for the revenues from the tax to be directed into a wellness fund that supports Medicaid and community prevention to help control the exploding rates of chronic diseases, the beverage industry is working hard to eliminate the tax from the plan altogether. They are getting hundreds of calls into legislators to urge them to not consider a sugary drink tax. We know this tax can be a win-win for the fiscal and physical health of Illinois.
Sugary drinks are the number one source of added sugar (51%) in the American diet. Illinois residents, especially those in low-income communities, are experiencing catastrophic rates of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes and cancer – diseases often linked to the consumption of too much sugar. It’s time to take back our health and demand action.
Please call your Senator TODAY and use the talking points below. (If you cannot make the call, please write to your Senator by clicking here.)
- Thank you for working on a budget solution for Illinois. We know we need revenue and I’m calling to support the tax on sugary drinks.
- As a constituent, I think the sugary drink tax is a healthy source of revenue. It can tackle the health harms of the number one source of added sugar in our diet—sugary drinks—while also raising much needed revenue for the state.
- I think this is a great way to raise revenue because it’s a choice tax, and so you only pay if you drink high-sugary drinks
- I urge you to support the sugary drink tax but to also ensure that a portion of the funds be invested back into communities to combat chronic disease. The revenues should support health and you can help the budget crisis by putting the funds into the Medicaid program and community prevention initiatives.
- Thank you for your support.
Janna and the IAPO team