Anchorage Assembly member Dick Traini’s proposal to allow Anchorage bars to open earlier if the owners don’t fight the alcohol tax seems to be a form of pandering. Mr Traini has clearly expressed that a “compromise” with bar owners would be arranged if the tax initiative passes.
I’m confused: Does that mean Mr. Traini has the sole authority to change bar hours in Anchorage? I was always under the impression that would be another Assembly vote. If I’m right, the bar owners would be at the mercy of the Assembly long after the tax is in effect. I just don’t see the “guarantee.”
The other point that I take as an insult is the notion that Mr. Traini’s increase in alcohol tax would to a burden to the bar owners. For crying out loud, any reasonably thinking person would expect the bar owners to pass that cost onto the consumer. Therefore, if the tax passes and the bars open sooner, it simply means that the Anchorage imbiber will be able to spend more money sooner for his or her cocktail and Mayor Ethan Berkowitz will get his millions of dollars to spend on homeless programs.
— Mike Krupa
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