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CME Group's Terry Duffy to Appear before Illinois House Revenue Committee to Maintain that a Financial Transaction Tax Would Hurt the State's Economy, Drive Away Jobs and Increase Costs for Consumers Worldwide

Thu May 26 2016

CHICAGO, May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy will appear before the Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee today to discuss how imposing a proposed tax on financial transactions would harm Illinois consumers, agricultural producers, businesses and the state economy.

"Imposing a financial transaction tax will not alleviate the state's budget crisis, and instead would have a negative impact on consumers because the cost of hedging their business risks would go up as much as 800 percent," said Duffy. "If enacted, every business that uses any risk management tools would face higher costs as bid/ask spreads widen. Farmers, ranchers and other businesses in Illinois and all over the country would be forced to pass along those costs to consumers, who would pay more for food, gas, airline tickets and other products."

"Additionally, a transaction tax would put the largest exchange in the U.S., which is headquartered in Illinois, at a competitive disadvantage in the global marketplace."

The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. CT in the Capitol Building in Springfield, Ill. Duffy's testimony will be available on www.cmegroup.com at that time.

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