Steve Mace, of Private Property Rights in Michigan, the group leading the boycott, told radio station WSJM the state’s behavior regarding the boycott and the smoking ban shows an expectation of privilege to dictate day-to-day operations of private businesses.
Mace expects hundreds of bars to participate in the boycott because bars, especially those near the Indiana border, are finding it difficult to keep customers who smoke.
The boycott emphasizes that state revenues come from private businesses and when the state interferes in private business, revenues suffer.
Kansas smoking ban advocates claimed the ban would not hurt business. Ban opponents disagree and point to other states with bans suffering business losses and closures. They’re already seeing businesses barely scraping by in the down economy closing before the ban hurts them any further.
Several bars in Kansas have closed, including the Arena Grill & Sports Bar, at 604 S. Topeka, near Wichita’s new downtown arena.
According to an article in today’s Wichita Eagle, Casey Reasoner said her Arena Grill & Sports Bar, at 604 S. Topeka, is closing. She said the bar opened too early, in 2008, to catch the wave of arena visitors, but the smoking ban, which goes into effect July 1, was the tipping point that finalized the decision to close.