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I-1634 expected to pass, prohibiting local governments from taxing groceries, sugary drinks

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Initiative 1634 was likely to pass Tuesday night as ballots continued to be counted. 

According to The Spokesman-Review, the initiative prevents other local governments from instituting taxes like the soda tax passed in Seattle. While it doesn't repeal the existing Seattle tax, it prevents additional cities and counties from placing new taxes on sugary drinks and groceries.

The Yes! To Affordable Groceries issued the following statement following Tuesday's results:

“We’re grateful that Washingtonians – including consumers, labor unions, farmers, ranchers, grocers, restaurants owners, and small businesspeople – united to ensure that peoples’ groceries are protected from taxes that raise prices and cost jobs. These results show that people are tired of being taxed on everyday basics that make it harder on working families and local small businesses.
 
“The cost of living is already high enough for people living paycheck to paycheck. Bills for housing and basic utilities keep rising. Passage of Initiative 1634 means working families and seniors on fixed incomes won’t have to pay more for groceries too. It also means neighborhood grocery stores and local small businesses won’t have to cut jobs or worse because of lost sales to stores in neighboring cities and towns.
 
“This is a victory for all Washingtonians who came forward to put a stop to regressive taxes that place a larger share of the burden on residents least capable of paying it.”

The American Heart Association also issued a statement in response to the passage of I-1634:

“Sadly, the passage of I-1634 only protects the profits of the soda industry and not the health of Washington families.  Big Soda spent millions on a deceptive marketing campaign to strip cities and towns of local control,” said Mary Ann Bauman, MD, national board member, American Heart Association. 

“This means that communities that see the success of Seattle’s sugary drinks tax in funding local health and education programs are now blocked from working on a similar measure.

“This fight is not over as the health of Washington families remains top of mind. For sure this is a setback, but it’s imperative that we continue to address chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, tooth decay and Type 2 diabetes in both children and adults with innovative public health policies. Our work continues.”

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