Alarming News

December 27, 2003

Authoritarianism hits home

Where are the same people who protest the PATRIOT Act not up in arms about stuff like this?

The county just south of my hometown will shortly be following New York’s example and instituting a smoking ban in all “bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, minicasinos, hotels and most other nontribal businesses in Pierce County,” effectively driving all smoking business to the non-taxed entities. Not only does this discriminate against small business in Washington state (tribal entities get all kinds of breaks around here), it actually lowers the county’s direct and indirect benefits from taxing tobacco, and by extension its ability to even enforce health regulations.

Posted by Karol at 10:15 PM |
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