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Tax rollback signatures pour in

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on July 2, 2010 at 9:30 am with 8 Comments »
July 2, 2010 9:30 am

What do three weeks and $2.7 million get you?

A spot on the ballot, if you’re the national soft drink industry – and if you have a populist rallying cry for Washington state to get its hands out of Joe (Pop) Sixpack’s grocery cart.

There’s little question that voters will consider Initiative 1107 this November, after the campaign dropped off what it estimates at 395,000 voter signatures at the secretary of state’s office today.The measure would roll back taxes on soda pop, bottled water, food processing businesses, candy and gum.

Bottlers gathered far more than the 241,000 names they need to check out as valid, in an apparently record-breaking three weeks.

The American Beverage Association, the trade group for nonalcoholic beverage makers and bottlers, has ponied up more than $2.7 million so far. Much of it paid for signature gatherers, mailings and other costs of the petition campaign, but there may be money left over to finance an election fight. The group’s total spending to date isn’t publicly available yet.

Unions and the health care industry have raised $195,000 so far in an attempt to defeat the measure and keep voters from blowing a $100 million-per-year hole in the state budget.

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  1. FreeAmerica says:

    Maybe it’s about an inflated government taxing everything possible to keep the unions happy.

  2. Novelist3 says:

    I think it’s irresponsible for our government to fix its own spending problems by punishing an unrelated party. Did the soft drink industry force Greggles to waste its budget on worthless junk like House First? No, it did not. I for one will be voting in support of the soft drink group.

  3. Thank goodness I can save a couple pennies on my soda. Those lazy kids probably would have just wasted their education anyway.

  4. Message to Dems/Gov: Reduce your spending and waste; don’t push off the costs of your support of special interests and your social agenda onto the backs of the taxpayer. Period.

  5. “Message to Dems/Gov: Reduce your spending and waste; don’t push off the costs of your support of special interests and your social agenda onto the backs of the taxpayer. Period. ”

    Careful what you ask for. You may get it.

    I don’t there is much support for going back in session by the Democrats. So look for across-the-board cuts by the governor if this initiative passes.

    It’s going to be interesting.

  6. jandkgibbs says:

    Thanks a million to the American Beverage Association for their investment to get this issue on the Nov. ballot. I am pround that they drew the line at a tax on water. What’s next, a tax on air?

    How about a tax on the tribal casinos?

  7. Government need’s to listen a bit more to the People instead of closing their ears and blind side voting. It’s not a good sign that the legislature has done anywhere near a good job when so many initiatives come popping out of the woodwork to try and reverse the lousy job they just finished doing.

  8. SFDocBartman says:

    GOOD – about time some of the lazy people of WA get off their butts and start doing something about all the increases in taxes…

    Vote them all out – all of them.. if they have more than one term under their belt – vote them out.. They are in too deep with others on their own agenda.

    As for taxing the Casino’s – are you crazy? That would have helped fix some of the problem Gregoire has caused in this state… http://www.seattlepi.com/local/366900_gregoire13.html
    Not going to happen – she has already been bought out… I mean swayed to the “green side”

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