Cleveland NAACP endorses sin tax renewal

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland branch of the NAACP today endorsed Issue 7—the renewal of the sin tax.

The money will pay for upgrades and improvements at the publicly owned sports stadiums: Progressive Field, FirstEnergy Stadium and Quicken Loans Arena.

Kent Whitley, chairman of the NAACP's political action committee, said: "We realize that the jobs retained by the passage of Issue 7 and renewal of the 'sin' tax are significant to our community. And our accord with the sports teams is an opportunity to further extend economic opportunities to residents in our neighborhoods and underutilized small and minority businesses."

The NAACP is the latest to endorse Issue 7, which will be on the May 6 ballot. The issue would extend the current sin tax for another 20 years. It consists of 1.5 cents a beer, a penny on a glass of wine and 4.5 cents on a pack of cigarettes.

Several groups have organized in opposition to the sin tax renewal.

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If the tax renewal fails, the city and county say the funds for the improvements at the sports stadiums will come from the general fund.


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