“That new soda tax in Seattle is understanding about in addition to Chicago’s,” proclaims a headline at Scorching Air.
It isn’t a praise.
The tax, which went into impact Jan. 1, slaps a further 1.75 cents on every fluid ounce of sugar-sweetened drinks, a bunch that features soda, sports activities drinks and kombucha.
That is practically double the one-cent levy the Chicago-encompassing Prepare dinner County tried, a tax it repealed after about two months. The Chicago Tribune reported on the time that Costco’s 9 affected areas noticed their gross sales of drinks impacted by the tax fall 34 %, whereas gross sales jumped 38 % at areas simply past the county line.
And Costco is once more on the fore of what is occurring: As a result of bulk purchases include considerably extra ounces than a person one, the impression is starker, as KIRO found when it noticed an up to date Costco signal for Gatorade in Seattle.
The signal particulars Costco’s value for the 35-pack of 16-ounce bottles — $15.99 — and individually lists the town’s $10.34 tax, for a brand new whole of $26.33. However that is not all of the signal says: It additionally directs shoppers to close by areas which are outdoors metropolis limits and exempt from the tax.
The tax is supposed to battle weight problems and lift funds for worthy expenditures, however the weblog for Residents In opposition to Authorities Waste sees the ends fairly in another way: “Let’s be clear. Soda taxes don’t make individuals more healthy. They do not increase income — they drive it outdoors metropolis limits. They don’t assist ease inequality — they make the poor poorer.”
In the meantime, some in authorities seemingly stay hopeful: KXLY stories a invoice was reintroduced Monday that might push the tax statewide.
(Talking of Seattle and drinks, the world’s largest Starbucks is now not situated there.)
This text initially appeared on Newser: “Costco Signal for Gatorade Exhibits Wild Influence of Seattle’s New Tax.”