Imagine you own a burger joint. Business is good, and you have your prices set out, and after taxes and business expenses, you end up with a certain amount every year. That is your pay. Now imagine that an existing tax is increased, or some new fee pops, and bam, it now costs you an extra 500 a week to own and operate your business. Are you going to take that hit in your take home pay? No, you are going to pass that cost on to your customer, in the form of menu items going up by a few more cents, across the board. This is not a hard concept.