BREAKING NEWS From SEATTLE!! THIS IS HUGE!!!.
Long a stranger to liberty and freedom by any definition, the Seattle city council passed a $1.75 cents per ounce tax on major distributors of beverages such as Pepsi and Coke, and other sodas, as well as energy drinks, sports drinks, juice, and any other non-milk based products. Non-milk based drinks include many of those sold at Seattle coffee giant and major employer Starbucks and many other coffee shops in the area. Diet drinks and those from small distributors are exempt from the tax. The Seattle City Council passed a controversial tax by a vote of 7-1.
Distributors are required to pay the tax. However, the added cost has been directly passed on to consumers in most cases. According to the progressive city leaders of Seattle, the additional cost is to discourage people from buying drinks deemed by the powers that be to be too “sugary” rather than allowing the good people of the city of Seattle to make those decisions for themselves. Councilmember Tim Burgess, who helped push the legislation through the council, said it is a much-needed step towards encouraging healthy eating and ending childhood obesity. They claim the some $15 million Seattle expects to raise by the tax will go towards programs designed to educate young people.
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