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Washington voters set to decide ban on new local soda taxes

“The industry has prevailed with bans on new, local soda taxes in California, Arizona and Michigan” reports thebusinessjournal.com. The American Beverage Association is pushing the ballot initiative in what’s become a nationwide campaign to slow the expansion of soda taxes.Other supporters include the union representing beverage industry workers and the Washington Food Industry Association, which is the only in-state organization that has donated cash, $20,000, to the campaign.Seattle’s soda tax would remain in effect if the initiative passes, but couldn’t be expanded.(AP) — Soda industry giants including the Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo, Inc. are spending more than $20 million to convince voters in Washington state to pass an initiative that would block local governments from imposing taxes on soda, sugary beverages and some food items.
 
Source: thebusinessjournal.com



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