The city of Seattle had a new soda tax kick in on January 1st, and it’s quite a doozy:
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) December 31, 2017
City officials are trying to dispel reports like the one above indicating the tax will actually increase the price of certain drinks. Why? Because they don’t intend for that to be the case:
"The tax is collected on the final distribution of sweetened beverages by a distributor. The tax is not collected by the retailer nor is the tax burden intended to fall onto the consumer."
–Seattle's response to complaints about the sudden increase in prices for sugary drinks
— Joseph Bishop-Henchman (@jbhenchman) January 5, 2018
Wait, are they serious?
Holy crap. These people hope everyone is stupid. https://t.co/Xew8QX8BPD
— RBe (@RBPundit) January 5, 2018
Look, I just pulled this trigger. What some bullet did way over on the other side of the room is none of my business. https://t.co/KHEm9ySRVV
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) January 5, 2018