July 6, 2017

Around the nation: Illinois judge stops sugary drink tax hours before it begins

Daily Briefing
  • Florida: Bayfront Health St. Petersburg has named John McClain as CEO, succeeding the current CEO Kathryn Gillette, who is retiring. McClain, who previously served as CEO of Venice Regional Bayfront Health, will join Bayfront shortly after the hospital has a groundbreaking ceremony for its new $22 million expansion and renovation of its emergency and trauma center (Manning, Tampa Bay Business Journal, 6/30).

  • Illinois: A Cook County Circuit Court Judge on Friday granted a group of retailers currently engaged in a lawsuit to block the county's sugary drink tax a temporary restraining order, one day before the tax was to be implemented. Judge Daniel Kubasiak ruled that the lawsuit must run its course before the tax can kick in. "I believe that it's necessary to maintain the status quo in order to protect the interest of all consumers, all taxpayers, and the affected merchants," he said. The county said it would appeal the ruling (Jacobs, Reuters, 6/30).

  • Iowa: The University of Iowa Health Care announced it will no longer accept cash or checks for clinic services. Tom Moore, a spokesperson for the health system, has said the system is going cashless is to save money on administrative costs. According to Moore, around 3 percent of payments received by University of Iowa Health Care are cash or check (AP/Sacramento Bee, 6/30).

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