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Petitions against pop, candy taxes to hit streets Friday

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on June 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm with 5 Comments »
June 10, 2010 6:52 pm

A judge today gave the final sign-off to Initiative 1107, allowing bottlers and their paid signature gatherers to start collecting signatures on their tax rollback measure.

They’ll be on the streets Friday, state bottling industry association president Tim Martin says — not to mention in convenience stores and other places where their soda and bottled water are sold.

They need support from 241,000 registered voters, in what would be a record-setting three week sprint, before they can put on the ballot the measure to end this year’s new taxes on soda pop, candy, gum and bottled water. I-1107 also would roll back a change that taxes more food processors.

But the American Beverage Association, the trade group bankrolling the measure, has chipped in more than $1.3 million already, increasing their chances. “We do have the infrastructure out there that can get this accomplished,” Martin said.

With his tweaks to the ballot language, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Richard Hicks pleased pro-revenue groups more than supporters of the tax rollback.

His changes will give less prominence to the food-processing tax change, which the pro-revenue coalition says is a small, less significant part of the tax increases. They were probably included to “mislead the voters that this initiative is about repealing taxes on groceries,” coalition spokesman Sandeep Kaushik said.

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  1. Hope they ask me to sign it…so I can turn them down

  2. FreeAmerica says:

    Hope they ask me to sign it…because I will.

    Government spending is out of control

  3. What a waste of energy and money, for unnecessary products. Wish someone would bankroll my campaign to bring healthier school lunches to Tacoma’s kids:

    http://tacomamama.com/lunch

  4. FreeAmerica, guess that means you’d sign a petition to roll back the newest increase in tabacco taxes.

  5. teammojjo says:

    It has been proven time and time again in this state, that when the people want something, and it isn’t in line with what the alien Trifecta of Olympia wants, we are not going to be able to keep it.

    Lower car tabs? Oh that’s OK, we’ll just nail you by weight, and charge you for new plates when the ones you have are just fine. Then we will list the same fee two or three times, but just change the wording around.

    The people have to approve all new taxes? No problem. We can shove gas tax after gas tax, after car tab tax and fee, after sin tax, after casino tax (only if they aren’t owned by the tribes. can’t tax the injuns ya know). This also happened in the case of Safeco Field, and now the tunnel that voters disapproved of at least three times.

    You want to keep public services in the times of economic downturn? We will just cut back on them, then tell you we are going to cut 12,000 state jobs. No wait, it’s 6,000 state jobs. No wait, it’s 3,000….oh wait, that’s right. State jobs probably won’t get cut because that’s who votes in the morons who run the circus. Oh wait, the people who “voted” in the governor were actually dead, or voted more than once.

    I can see the TV commercials now……Washington State…Making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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