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# The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se

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The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se [#permalink]  13 Jul 2018, 11:06
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The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the service of alcoholic beverages in restaurants to curb unruly behavior on the part of its residents. Proprietors of restaurants in Prohibitionland are protesting the ban on the grounds that it will reduce their revenues and profits. However, several provinces in Prohibitionland enacted restrictions on alcoholic beverages last year, and the sales taxes paid by the restaurants in those provinces rose by an average of 50%. In contrast, the sales taxes paid by restaurants located in areas of Prohibitionland that did not have any restrictions rose by an average of 30 percent.

Which of the following, if true, supports the restaurant proprietors’ economic stance against the ban?

(A) In the provinces that restricted alcoholic beverages, there was a short-term negative impact on restaurant visitation in the beginning of last year.
(B) The sales tax in Prohibitionland is lower on food and beverages than it is on other consumer goods, such as clothing.
(C) The consumption of alcoholic beverages in Prohibitionland has been on a gradual decline the last 20 years.
(D) The restrictions on alcoholic beverages enacted last year allowed for the service of alcohol beginning around dinner time each evening.
(E) Overall sales tax revenue did not increase at a substantially higher rate in the provinces that enacted the restrictions on alcoholic beverages than in the rest of Prohibitionland last year.
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Re: The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se [#permalink]  12 Nov 2018, 07:27
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Re: The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se [#permalink]  16 Nov 2018, 01:28
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Couple things to notice reading the passage:

1. People propose a “ban” but use "restrictions" in their example. Do the terms mean the same thing?
2. Even with restrictions bar’s revenues increased!

The only question in my mind by now is does “restrictions”=”full restrictions” i.e. ban?

Because if restrictions are “full” (i.e. no alcohol is sold) but revenues increased than Bar Owners have nothing to worry about should ok the ban and expect revenue growth. However, if restrictions are *partial* (say only 2 hours/day alcohol sale is permitted) then the evidence People use to support their claim (2 hrs/day alcohol sales but revenues show increase) will definitely show that alcohol sales make \$\$\$ and by implementing the ban this dollar stream will be gone!

Now, D tells us that alcohol was sold couple hours per day i.e. the restrictions do not equal to ban!
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Re: The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se [#permalink]  19 Dec 2018, 12:22
can you explain why it was not D?
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Re: The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se [#permalink]  19 Dec 2018, 16:56
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D is the OA.

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Re: The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se [#permalink]  21 Jan 2020, 22:11
Hmmm... I dont understand how D, or the service of alcohol at dinner, supports the stance against the ban...

I thought A was the right answer
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Re: The people of Prohibitionland are considering banning the se [#permalink]  22 Jan 2020, 08:07
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Please see my explanation above. It is difficult to word simpler than that
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