Seattle’s Soda Tax Is An Absolute Disaster – And Business Leaders Are Furious… | The Federalist Papers

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Local businesses are already providing feedback on the city of Seattle’s excessive new tax on sugary drinks and it’s not positive.

The liberal-dominated City Council rammed through the 1.75 cents per ounce tax on sweetened beverages that affected sodas, energy drinks, sports drinks and non-milk-based products which went into effect on January 1st.

The sticker shock from what should be called the Seattle shakedown was immediate and pictures of price tags from a local Costco that circulated on social media showed a whopping $7.35 in tax added to a $10.99 case of Coke.

But lately some of his regulars have complained that he’s overcharging them for sodas. It’s no fault of his own. On Jan. 1, Seattle implemented a 1.75 cent per ounce tax on sweetened drinks, and Samra was forced to raise the prices of his beverages in turn. He says he’s lost customers to stores in neighboring White Center, which doesn’t impose a beverage tax, and that his bottom line has taken a hit as a result. Some of the Pepsi products he sells are starting to expire because less customers want to buy sugary drinks from his store. “The beverage tax is hurting us,” Samra said.

His frustration has led Samra to speak out against the tax, since he says it disproportionately impacts small business owners like him on the edge of city limits.

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Seattle’s Soda Tax Is An Absolute Disaster – And Business Leaders Are Furious….

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