Sin taxes are the first and perhaps last refuge of a cowardly Legislature. And they hit the lower-income people the hardest. So much for the Democrats as champions of the downtrodden: measly spending cuts and more taxes.
People and businesses will vote with their feet. With alcohol and tobacco, Washington state is getting very close to the tipping point where law-biding citizens do their own smuggling and a black market appears. Ask New York about that.
The sin tax revenues lawmakers so dearly seek start to decline as people buy cigarettes and booze in California, Idaho and Oregon before they cross the Washington state line. I know I do. And the Washington Democrats in power will say, “Gosh, how did that happen?”
Such folly. Vote the bums out of office.