Attorneys at the Cook County Public Defenders Office represented by AFSCME Council 31 stand during colleagues’ testimony on July 19, 2017.

AFSCME Council 31, which represents several county workers, including attorneys at the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, is pitching commissioners on tax increases or borrowing to prevent layoffs as a result of the block of the county’s sweetened beverage tax. Those proposals include bumping up existing sales tax, cigarette tax, alcohol tax, hotel tax (1% increase), amusement (doubling to 6%), or parking taxes–or instituting a new $11 per employee head tax at employers with more than 50 workers.

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