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Espresso Tax For Children's Programs

posted on September 12, 2003

Buddy, can you spare a dime? Make that a dime for every espresso purchased.

Seattle residents will vote next week on whether to tax espresso drinks to raise more than five million dollars a year for day care and preschool programs.

A coalition of business owners, led by Seattle-based Starbucks, is fighting the tax. Some 200 coffee roasters, espresso bar owners and common caffeine lovers turned out to protest the tax and held a protest similar to the Boston Tea Party. Demonstrators dumped coffee bag look alikes (burlap bags filled with balloons) into a local lake.


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