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Jewelry sales tax
By Craig Moen


August 26, 2007

Rather than trying to limit jewelry stores through zoning, has anyone ever thought of limiting them through taxation? As Americans, something inside us says that restricting the number of a certain kind of business in this fashion borders on being unconstitutional or socialist or something. But "necessities" like alcohol, tobacco, jewelry, furs, amusements, private automobiles, and candy have a long history of being taxed in the United States. And these "luxury" taxes have been levied frequently, especially in wartime, to raise revenue as well as to discourage the flow of essential resources into the production of items not related to the "national effort". Let's tax jewelry sales over X-dollars per item within the Ketchikan city limits and keep jacking up the rate until the number of jewelry stores in the downtown falls to what is felt to be an acceptable level. A 10% tax would put the squeeze on the seasonal jewelry business and put about $5 million into the city budget. As a true capitalist, my consulting fee for this solution will be 10% of the first year's take. I thank you in advance.

Craig Moen
Ketchikan, AK

Received August 24, 2007 - Published August 26, 2007

About: "Ketchikan resident and former socialist sympathizer until I got a job that made real money."


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