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Vorland s government is planning a nationwide ban on smoking [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2009, 09:03
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Vorland’s government is planning a nationwide ban on smoking in restaurants. The objection that the ban would reduce restaurants’ revenues is ill founded. Several towns in Vorland enacted restaurant smoking restrictions five years ago. Since then, the amount the government collects in restaurant meal taxes in those towns has increased 34 percent, on average, but only 26 percent elsewhere in Vorland. The amount collected in restaurant meal taxes closely reflects restaurants’ revenues.

Which of the following, if true, most undermines the defense of the government’s plan?

A. When the state first imposed a restaurant meal tax, opponents predicted that restaurants’ revenues would decline as a result, a prediction that proved to be correct in the short term.
B. The tax on meals in restaurants is higher than the tax on many other goods and services.
C. Over the last five years, smoking has steadily declined throughout Vorland.
D. In many of the towns that restrict smoking in restaurants, restaurants can maintain separate dining areas where smoking is permitted.
E. Over the last five years, government revenues from sales taxes have grown no faster in the towns with restaurant smoking restrictions than in the towns that have no such restrictions.
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2009, 10:38
tenaman10 wrote:
A. When the state first imposed a restaurant meal tax, opponents predicted that restaurants’ revenues would decline as a result, a prediction that proved to be correct in the short term.
-- OOS
B. The tax on meals in restaurants is higher than the tax on many other goods and services.
-- OOS
C. Over the last five years, smoking has steadily declined throughout Vorland.
-- OOS
D. In many of the towns that restrict smoking in restaurants, restaurants can maintain separate dining areas where smoking is permitted.
-- weakens the defense: if separate area is maintained, cumulative tax amount will not be best source of comparison.
E. Over the last five years, government revenues from sales taxes have grown no faster in the towns with restaurant smoking restrictions than in the towns that have no such restrictions.
-- Scope shift: government "revenue" is not discussed in the question. "tax" is the main concern.

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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 30 Mar 2009, 22:34
Why B is OOS ??
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2009, 04:02
tenaman10 wrote:
Why B is OOS ??


tax is not compared based on other goods.
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2009, 05:02
tenaman10 wrote:
Vorland’s government is planning a nationwide ban on smoking in restaurants. The objection that the ban would reduce restaurants’ revenues is ill founded. Several towns in Vorland enacted restaurant smoking restrictions five years ago. Since then, the amount the government collects in restaurant meal taxes in those towns has increased 34 percent, on average, but only 26 percent elsewhere in Vorland. The amount collected in restaurant meal taxes closely reflects restaurants’ revenues.

Which of the following, if true, most undermines the defense of the government’s plan?

A. When the state first imposed a restaurant meal tax, opponents predicted that restaurants’ revenues would decline as a result, a prediction that proved to be correct in the short term.
B. The tax on meals in restaurants is higher than the tax on many other goods and services.
C. Over the last five years, smoking has steadily declined throughout Vorland.
D. In many of the towns that restrict smoking in restaurants, restaurants can maintain separate dining areas where smoking is permitted. ( IMO -This provide the alternate option, but does not undermine the goverments' plan)
E. Over the last five years, government revenues from sales taxes have grown no faster in the towns with restaurant smoking restrictions than in the towns that have no such restrictions.
( Although goverment revenues is not mentioned, but I find this option best)
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2009, 09:52
cant vouch for any of the 5 choices.

Even D does not undermine government defense....

OA and OE pls..
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2009, 08:16
I feel D. But dont know not able to completely delete C. OA please
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2009, 15:42
IMO D.
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2009, 18:16
I agree on D.
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Re: CR -Vorland [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2009, 08:18
I choose D as well. The increase in the revenue of the restaurants is not because the ban does not affect the profits of the restaurant but because the ban is not implemented completely.
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