Seattle, WA – In an effort to create a $15 million dollar revenue stream to help people “have better access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” according to KIRO 7, the city of Seattle has begun imposing a 1.75 cent per ounce tax on all sugary beverages.

Revealing the extreme absurdity of the new tax, a Gatorade Frost Variety Pack at Costco, previously priced at $15.99, will now be taxed $10.34—leaving many consumers with sticker shock at the $26.33 price tag.

Of course, if one is fed up with the imposition of an absurdly high excise tax, this can be mitigated by going to the Costco stores in nearby cities of Shoreline and Tukwila—and effectively opting out of the Sweetened Beverage Tax.

The reality is that when a small tax is imposed, there is less likelihood of someone going through the inconvenience of a road trip, but such drastic price increases provide the impetus for many consumers to drive a few miles out of their way to save the extra money……...more here