Lawmaker Proposes 25-Cent Surcharge on Gym Shoes

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Published on January 31 2013 7:19 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

If one lawmaker has his way, you'll be dishing out an extra quarter for every pair of sneakers you buy.

State Representative Will Davis wants to add the fee to help youth and young adults learn life skills such as how to work as a team, keep a job, manage money, and communicate effectively.  The money would go to Youth Build Illinois, which has programs set up in Bloomington, East St. Louis, Rockford and Waukegan.

If lawmakers agree to the concept and Governor Quinn signs a bill into law, the fee could take effect as early as this July 1.