“Pro & Con: Should Legislature allow Atlanta to raise liquor taxes?” In today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mayor Kasim Reed’s policy advisor David Bennett says yes, it’s only pennies on a drink. I say no, small businesses will suffer.
There is no place for comments on the AJC site, so we can hash it out here, if you like. I’ll be very frank, this “it’s only pennies” stuff is silly. Taxes are always “only pennies,” but have the rest of you noticed how those pennies have added up? That new proposed tax on personal services that I wrote about last night is “only pennies” too–but at 7 percent or 8 percent on the dollar it adds up. Yes, we’re only talking about drinks, beer, etc., but clearly Bennett doesn’t know how a restaurant works if he thinks diners aren’t going to notice the increased tab and head home a little earlier or at least try to counter-balance the cost of the mojito tab by not ordering dessert or coffee. Maybe he hasn’t worked at one. I have.