- The Columbian
“As a result of this confusing and arbitrary legislation, a Snickers bar is taxable but a Twix bar is not. Marshmallow pieces are taxable, but marshmallow cream is exempt. Chocolate-covered raisins are taxable, but chocolate malted milk balls are not. Imagine the hair-pulling aggravation that grocers and other store owners have endured trying to enforce this law.”
- Tri-City Herald
- Yakima Herald-Republic
- The Bellingham Herald
- The Everett Herald
- Federal Way Mirror
The American Beverage Association (the lobbying front for Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group) has been feverishly spending millions of dollars attempting to trick us into repealing small, temporary tax increases on soda, bottled water and candy, which they call “food” and “groceries” in their advertising. Don’t be fooled. The new revenue provided by these tax increases has saved our safety net from being obliterated, which means that more families and children have been able to keep their health care coverage. Let’s not cut them off at the knees. Don’t fall for the soda lobby’s lies.
- The Olympian
I-1107 would cost the state between $250 million and $300 million over the next three years. That money would come straight out of the state’s general fund, which pays for health care, programs to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, and initiatives to improve air and water quality—not to mention efforts to reduce childhood obesity, which has been directly related to soda and candy consumption.
- The Seattle Times
We oppose it because it does not reverse any spending. It would create a $200 million hole in the state’s next two-year budget — and already that budget appears to be at least $3 billion short.
- The Stranger
The American Beverage Association—they’re lobbyists for the world’s biggest soda companies—has poured $16.7 million into the campaign in an effort to convince Washington State voters that it would repeal a tax on groceries. This is not a tax on food. Only about $4 million a year would come from a slight uptick in taxes on some processed foods. It’s a tax on soda pop. And the American Beverage Association is not in it for the little guy. They’re in it to protect the enormous profits of some of the country’s biggest companies. Vote no.
- The Tacoma News Tribune
Any tax increase in the midst of a recession is suspect, but these targeted hikes were a necessary evil. They preserved crucial social service programs and, just as significant, allowed the Legislature to avoid a commerce-chilling boost in the general sales tax.Now the American Beverage Association has come to Washington to mount the same assault that it’s successfully pushed elsewhere. It has contributed almost every penny of the $14 million the I-1107 campaign has in the bank.
That campaign has tried mightily to bill the initiative as a fight against “grocery taxes” – a spin job that hangs by such a small thread of truth as to be nearly fraudulent.