An $800 million tax package is due to become law today, but Gov. Chris Gregoire is hearing last-minute pleas to veto its tax on soda pop.
Bottlers have sent her a letter with the request, and one legislator says House Speaker Frank Chopp has also tried to persuade her to veto the tax.
I’ve heard no indication she’ll do any such thing. The Diet Coke-drinking Gregoire has been the most visible supporter of the 2-cents-per-can tax, and her legislative director told me Thursday he doesn’t expect her to veto anything in the revenue package.
Gregoire’s office said she and Chopp talked Thursday morning. She’s due to sign the bill at 1:30 p.m. today.
Whatever is going on behind closed doors, there is a new complaint about the tax that is just now coming to some lawmakers’ attention.