Do you live in Illinois? if the answer is “No.”, well that’s great news. If your answer is “Yes.” that’s bad news… well only if you’d hate to pay 25cents extra for your pair of kicks. A bill proposed by lawmaker Will Davis wants to tax ever pair of sneakers to fund a Youth Program. I personally would have no problem with the extra 25 cents… as long as the funds were actually going towards the program. If this bill pass, I’m willing to bet that other states might jump on this for various reasons.

Illinois State Representative Will Davis – a Democratic lawmaker from Hazel Crest, Illinois – is proposing that Illinois retailers should charge a special tax on each pair of athletic footwear it sells to the public.

Illinois New Laws for 2013

Davis’ plan is to have the special 25-cent tax per pair of gym shoes put toward a new program designed to help the state’s youth via the “Youth Build Support Fund.” The program is administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services.

The legislative bill regarding the extra taxation on athletic footwear is officially labeled as House Bill 978 and will likely be addressed on or shortly after Jan. 30, 2013 when the Illinois legislature returns to work in Springfield.