Springfield (AP) -- New athletic
shoes could cost 25 cents more in Illinois.
State Rep. Will Davis from the Chicago
suburb of Hazel Crest wants the new tax to pay for a youth job preparation
program. Lee Enterprises newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/Yx3ok0) the
Democratic lawmaker wants to raise about $3 million and most consumers wouldn't
notice it. The 25 cents per pair of athletic shoes would go to the state's
Davis says he sees it
"as a uniquely creative way of helping youth."
There is opposition to the plan. The Illinois Retail Merchants
Association says it will fight the proposal because it creates paperwork for
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