Monday, November 04, 2013

The spirits that bind us

Catching up and last week PG looked debates over Allegheny County's drink tax. PG: Allegheny County drink tax a cash cow, but despised. Seems as if alcohol consumption going gangbusters. Yet remember all the pessimism over what the drink tax could mean here and in particular the web site: which still says:
Do we need another reason to force our residents and visitors to outlying counties? Or another obstacle to attracting younger generations to our region?

Obstacle to attracting younger generations to our region? Really? Maybe it is just old people drinking more?  From the data in the PG article, drink tax revenues are up 27% in the county since 2010. That is a lot more than the rate of population, income, or GDP growth, so you have to ask yourself if Allegheny County is actually gaining competitiveness in serving the drinking class.  Nothing new to all of this, and in the past I have looked at the trends in drinking establishments in Allegheny County. That and Allegheny Countys migration and population trends seemed to have turned around right as the drink tax was going up. Some only like to loosely impute causality when the correlation works they way that works for their argument.

In fact, some wonkification just out says that Jefferson Hills, PA (IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY) is one of the Best Towns for Young Families.  Young people.... Allegheny County... but, I thought.... oh, nevermind.

A bit unrelated, but points to the story today that points out how the city of Pittsburgh once had a mandated position of city gauger whose job was not only to count whiskey barrels, but also the proof of what they contained.  You just had to have a lot of pull to get that job.  That and you had to provide your own dydrometer.


Anonymous The Wiz said...

Chris; that should say Jefferson Hills, not Jefferson County

Monday, November 04, 2013 8:45:00 AM  

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