Wednesday, January 14, 2009


The Collegian ran a story this morning on the poured drink tax in Allegheny County and the proposal for a similar tax  in State College. The reporter  cites a study by a group calling itself Friends Against Counterproductive Taxation (F.A.C.T.) which,"show[s] general purchases of liquor, wine and spirits decreased by 4.3 percent in Allegheny County in 2008, while the surrounding counties experienced a 4 percent increase in sales."

Here's something that the reporter should have told you. F.A.C.T. was created to fight the Allegheny County drink tax by Kevin Joyce,a Pittsburgh restaurateur, former president and current  chairman of the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association Restaurant.

I wouldn't treat F.A.C.T.'s numbers as facts.

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