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No one really should be surprised.

Not to stereotype, but lib policies usually bring this sort of thing. They think it seems like a good idea at the time but in the end it ends up backfiring, blowing up in their faces, and costing consumers more money.

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The absurdity of Seattle’s new sugary drink tax was exposed earlier this month when adjusted Costco price labels made headlines nationwide.

Thanks to the 1.75 cents per ounce tax, a 36-pack of soda at a Seattle Costco rose in price by 75 percent, while a 35-pack of gatorade raised by similar levels. While city leaders say the tax will benefit the city, business leaders and representatives say the tax will do nothing but hurt Seattle businesses, their employees and, in the long-term, the city itself.

Jagajit Singh, who runs a pizzeria on the outskirts of Seattle, told KING-TV the tax puts her business at a severe disadvantage to businesses just down the street from her that are outside the city limits. Those businesses aren’t subject to the “soda tax.”


“Many of my customers are from outside the area and will simply choose to not come to my store,” Singh explained. “Stores just down the street are advertising for people to buy drinks there because they don’t have Seattle soda tax. Once our customers leave they may not come back.”

Peter Lam, a local union representative, said local business leaders’ fears are “being realized.”

“With the tax four weeks old, our fears are being realized. We call on the city council to address the needs of the community and workers and address this tax,” he explained.

Daniel Kim, the general manager of the Korean American Grocers Association — which has a heavy presence in Seattle — said he is hopeful Seattle leaders hear the concerns of local business owners.

“Many customers are frustrated and blaming the store owners. Our hope is that city leaders will listen and understand how unfair this tax is,” he said.

Meanwhile, Costco, which is headquartered in Washington State, has made its views about the sugary drink tax very clear. The wholesale store posted signs in their Seattle locations informing members they could purchase drinks that fall under the tax’s burden at its other locations outside the city.

The leaders expressed their concerns about the tax at an event on Friday organized by Keep Washington Livable for All, an anti-tax group, according to KING.
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I am sure many of those business owners elected those clowns to office. So they deserve the government they voted for.
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Sounds like the tax is more than the soda. If we had that here the Indian tribes would love it. People would just go to the Res and stock up.
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Sounds like the tax is more than the soda. If we had that here the Indian tribes would love it. People would just go to the Res and stock up.

That happened here on cigarettes.
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It just amazes me that liberal politicians never seem to learn from the mistakes of others. Philadelphia did this exact same thing and it drove many of their residents to shop out of the city for these things and, because they were already there, their other groceries. This put inner city businesses at a big disadvantage.

You would think that anyone looking to copy this model would examine the effects of such a tax before implementing it. But apparently the lure of another tax was too much to overcome.
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It just amazes me that liberal politicians never seem to learn from the mistakes of others. Philadelphia did this exact same thing and it drove many of their residents to shop out of the city for these things and, because they were already there, their other groceries. This put inner city businesses at a big disadvantage.

You would think that anyone looking to copy this model would examine the effects of such a tax before implementing it. But apparently the lure of another tax was too much to overcome.
Because people are creatures of habit and will basically continue doing things until the habit is broken, if they wait too long to rescind this tax, than even if they do, a lot of people will continue to shop out of the city. Cause, you know, it's what they do now.

Talk about cutting your throat to spite your face.
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It just amazes me that liberal politicians never seem to learn from the mistakes of others. Philadelphia did this exact same thing and it drove many of their residents to shop out of the city for these things and, because they were already there, their other groceries. This put inner city businesses at a big disadvantage.

You would think that anyone looking to copy this model would examine the effects of such a tax before implementing it. But apparently the lure of another tax was too much to overcome.
Seattle is not the first nor the highest tax in the nation. Boulder has had a two cent soda tax for a couple years. I think there are six or seven others.
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