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Candy maker: tax discriminates

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 17, 2010 at 4:49 pm with 3 Comments »
February 17, 2010 4:49 pm

People with a sweet tooth take a hit under Gov. Chris Gregoire’s tax proposals.

Applying the sales tax to candy and gum would raise $28 million, Gregoire’s office says, a fraction of the $605 million she wants to raise in total.

There’s also $94 million in revenue from slapping a 5 cent tax on a 12-ounce can of any carbonated beverage. Another $8 million would come from repealing a tax credit for pop syrup.

Gregoire told reporters she picked items to tax that represent discretionary spending by consumers, from cigarettes to bottled water to candy.

Candy’s not the only food that people can choose to skip, Brown & Haley CEO Pierson Clair pointed out. The Tacoma-based confectioner opposes the candy tax.

“You don’t have to buy potato chips, do you?” Clair said today. “Do you have to buy peanuts? Do you have to buy cheese? I mean, it goes on and on.”

“When you start abusing one industry, I think that industry feels not welcome in the state of Washington.”

Gregoire said she needed to find some way to patch a $2.8 billion shortfall, and someone would be unhappy no matter what she proposed.

“I don’t belive the economic recovery of the state of Washington relies on cigarettes, candy, gum, bottled water and pop,” she said. “I don’t.”

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  1. ldozy1234 says:

    So will anyone be surprised if either B&H moves out of Washington all together or if somehow Seattle finds a way to offer them a new spot with enough tax breaks to lure them?
    Stupid ta- if your going to do this than all “junk” food should be taxed.

  2. “Sin” tax… I thought there was suppose to be a separation of Church and state??? Sin is a religious context. Hypocritical I would say. Who is gregoire to say what is sin? Religion is only used when it is a way to raise taxes? Where is the civil liberty union? Can’t pick and choose.

    She already over taxes tobacco products, and wasted the money. Fools who rallied behind her and the feds when they last raised that tax are now whining because she will now tax what they buy. TOLD YOU SO.

  3. WONDERFUL Post.thanks for share..more wait .. 鈥?

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