According to Nation’s Restaurant News, “The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is considering a fee on the sale of alcohol designed to help cover what the city said is a growing cost of addressing health and criminal justice problems associated with drinking.”

“The proposed fee is opposed by the California Alliance for Hospitality Jobs, a coalition group that includes restaurant and bar operators, beverage companies such as Diageo, hotels and the California Restaurant Association. If enacted, the “mitigation fee” on alcohol proposed by supervisor John Avalos last week, is believed to be a first for a city government. It would create a fee for wholesalers of 0.076 cents per ounce of alcohol sold, which Avalos estimated would result in a price increase for consumers amounting to about 5 cents per drink.”

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