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Bust a Gut… Elsewhere

September 14, 2010

When you’re doing something right, look for ways to screw it up in new and exciting ways.  At least, that’s the way they roll in NoCal.

Each year the city seems to add more taxes and fees that makes top chefs and restaurants want to flee. First there are permit fees and hoops new businesses have to jump through to open — I’m told it’s much more difficult and involved to start a restaurant in San Francisco than in New York and other places.

Then there’s a San Francisco-specific payroll tax, Healthy San Francisco surcharges and now this new proposed fee that would be levied at the distributor and wholesale level. That means alcohol would be more expensive in San Francisco than in Oakland, Mill Valley or Palo Alto.

The city, apparently, spends about $17M a year on alcohol treatment.  Why?  Beats me.  Taxing drinks in restaurants would bring in about $16M, supposedly.  The other million will be gained from rolling the drunks, I guess.  Don’t underestimate the Bay Area.

I have to say that some of the better meals I’ve had on the West Coast have been in San Francisco, especially North Beach.  The tax would add about five cents a drink to most drinks.  Sure, that’s not a lot.  But it’s even more of a burden of tracking on the restaurant.  Why does liberal government think that any business is big enough to randomly tax?  This seems to be especially true when the tax makes more of a benefit to some odd program that benefits people.  It doesn’t matter if the people could instead benefit themselves.

Next the police will be complaining about drunk driver capture costs, and that’ll add a few cents.  Then we’ll have to tax food itself for obesity programs… but at least we could do that by the pound.  Though I wonder if it’s pre-cooked weight or post-cooked?  Do you have to add in the water weight?

Ah, well.  I guess I’ll have to keep going to the Grocery Outlet for my cheap wine.  When they tax it above $3, I’ll start to worry.

Updated: My quick check of the news said they passed it, but Newsom is saying he’ll veto it.  After that I lost interest.  Odd thinking, even when countermanded by adult supervision, is still odd thinking.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 15, 2010 2:58 pm

    what will completely APPALL the San Fran elites is when the best restaurants move across the border and they’re left with Taco Bell.
    I know I know – but it’s still funny to visualize it

    • September 15, 2010 3:27 pm

      It won’t even be Taco Bell, because they’ll have legislated those out. They’ll be stuck with Jerry’s taco stand.

      And then they’ll just complain that nobody appreciates a good ethnic taco stand.

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