Gin and taxes
What is the biggest municipality in Pennsylvania under Act 47?
I was reminded of that because KDKA is following up the story today: New Bill Could Mean Higher Taxes On Drinking Or Working In Pittsburgh. The typical counterarguments arise in Jon's coverage. Would alcohol consumers shift their purchases outside the city if there was a City of Pittsburgh specific tax? Reminds me of similar argument against both the Alleheny County drink tax, but also to the Allegheny County supplemental RAD-financing sales tax. Everyone seemed pretty sure the same calamity would result from both of those new taxes. Think anyone wants to follow up those past stories? Has alcohol consumption shifted outside of Allegheny County? Is the entire retail sector in Allegheny County kaput?
Of course taxes are just one part of the economics of drinking. I have an idea for an essential benchmarking exercise. How about the Gin and Tonic index? Is the cost of drink at a competitive disadvantage here compared to... Cleveland? Need some primary research from our intrepid spirits-beat reporters in town!