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Seattle Gone Wild With Massive Soda Tax

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The city of Seattle, Washington, instituted a massive tax on sugary drinks.

The tax adds a $1.75 cents per ounce on sugary drinks sold in the city.

What does this mean?

At Costco, a case of Classic Coke now costs $18.34 after the $7.35 tax is added to the cost of the beverage.

PJ Media reports:

On January 1, Seattle had several new progressive laws go into effect. Along with mandatory paid sick leave, mandates for employers to post work schedules 14 days in advance, and severe restrictions on short-term rental platforms (Airbnb, VRBO, etc.), Seattle imposed a massive new soda tax — 1.75 cents per OUNCE on sugary drinks.

In response, at least one major retailer advertised in detail the reason for the significant increase in prices.

Of interest, the story notes the label calls the added cost a “recovery fee.”

Costco is advising customers they can avoid the tax by buying beverages outside the city limits.

To no surprise, city officials claimed the tax will result in health benefits and will generate an estimated $15 million in revenue.

Don’t be shocked if consumers avoid the tax by taking Costco’s advice and take a short drive to another store location.

KIRO 7 reported on the consumer reaction to the tax:

One Costco shopper loaded a case of Coca-Cola into her cart, not noticing the new price until KIRO7 pointed it out.

“That much!” said Vilma Villagran, who was buying the case for her family.

The regular case of Coke is now $7.35 more expensive than the Diet Coke or Coke Zero.

“I knew it was going to be high, but not that crazy high,” Villagran said.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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