Illinois is looking to pump-up its coffers by adding a 25 cent tax to all sales of sneakers, reports
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Democratic State Rep. Will Davis has introduced legislation that would tack on a quarter dollar tax to sales of athletic shoes as a method of funding a youth jobs program. And since youth are the biggest purchasers of sneakers, says Davis, the tax would be levied on those who'd benefit the most from his efforts.
"Who wears athletic shoes the most? It's probably kids," said Davis. "Funding is challenged; I see [this] as a uniquely creative way of helping youth."
That may be, but others aren't so taken by the idea. Like certain members of the state's Retail Merchants Association, not surprisingly.
"It imposes significant administrative burdens on the retailer," said Rob Karr, IRMA's Senior Vice President, who plans to fight the proposal.
Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch