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Seattle Needs Some Sence Knocked Into It

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Yes.... I get my news from The Daily Show

 

SEATTLE, Sept. 17 — After voters in this caffeine capital rejected a

proposed 10-cent tax on espresso drinks, cafe owners celebrated with

beer, wine and — what else? — lattes. With 97 percent of precincts

reporting early Wednesday, 69 percent of voters opposed the tax. The

initiative served a jolt of controversy to an otherwise sleepy off-year primary election.

 

ok.. sounds like a normal bunch of people protesting a tax that would affect them... right?

 

well....

 

 

THE TAX would have tapped the lifeblood of a city where fancy espresso

drinks are sold on nearly every street corner and where Starbucks and

a generation of upscale coffee shops were born.

 

“You can’t tax coffee. It just doesn’t work,” said the owner of Zoka

Coffee and Roasters, Jeff Babcock, as he celebrated the victory at a

downtown espresso store.

 

The measure would have taxed espresso drinks a dime per cup, with

the revenue going to fund preschool and day-care programs.

The tax would have been levied on any drink with half an ounce or

more of espresso.

 

Initiative sponsor John Burbank said people who spend $3 to $5 on

coconut mochas or iced vanilla lattes could afford an extra dime for

kids. “It’s a disappointing vote,” he said.

 

^ My Issue!

 

You yuppies cant drop an extra dime to support poor children

who dont get the breaks that you did? And you know what really kills me....

 

Coffee shop owners, including Seattle-based Starbucks, fought the tax.

 

^ It's TAX money... it wouldn't cut into your profits!

 

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Proponents of the law said it would raise at least $6.5 million a year,

while a more conservative City Council estimate said the revenue

would likely have topped out at $3.5 million annually.

 

The tax money would have paid for local preschool programs

modeled on Head Start, grants to help poor families pay for child care,

and raises for child-care workers with advanced training. Many of these

programs are hurting for money after several rounds of budget cuts.

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Seems like a good plan to me.

And anyone who claims a non-fat latte with a cocconut twist is a necessity deserves a good smack on the back of the head.

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Guest beardo

chances of the tax revinue actually going to preschool & daycare

 

5%

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Well that would suck.

 

I think all the coffee shops should have offered

to have a donations box for the children on every counter.

That might actually make a difference.

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solution

 

put laxitive in the cofee and charge 50 cents to use the bathroom. . . profits going to the kids.

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Originally posted by Kilo7-

Well that would suck.

 

I think all the coffee shops should have offered

to have a donations box for the children on every counter.

That might actually make a difference.

 

That's what I'm saying...just cuz they spend money on shit doesn't exactly justify this tax, so naturally there will be opposition. Why not tax ass dildo's in San Fran???

 

I would oppose the tax, but later that day I might give that change to a bum, or the donation thing at Taco Bell.

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Originally posted by Kilo7-

Well that would suck.

 

I think all the coffee shops should have offered

to have a donations box for the children on every counter.

That might actually make a difference.

 

yeah i agree

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jeez. 10 cents...

 

nobody gets too up in arms when cigarette prices go up or gas prices raise a cent or two, but a dime for education creates a "jolt of controversy?"

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so did anyone else see the daily show's report on this?

 

'Who are the real losers in this?'

'The real losers are those pretentious people who sit in coffee houses all day'

 

 

and the price of 2 machiato latte's and a glazed almond scone

will rise from $18.70 to $18.90..... outrageous!

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