Blog: Latte stealth tax

Catherine Sleep | 21 August 2003

A controversial tax may soon be imposed on sales of posh coffees in Seattle. Any cappuccino, latte, iced drink or Americano would cost consumers an extra ten cents, through a tax known as the Early Learning and Care Campaign. The thinking is that only the wealthy can afford the more expensive ‘designer coffees’, and if you can afford to pay $3 for a coffee you can afford an extra ten cents to support the needy.

This is probably true but the scheme still seems a little random to me.

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