After watching Seattle’s soda tax take effect last month, the beverage industry and its allies have begun an initiative campaign aimed at stopping other Washington communities from adopting similar taxes.
“Yes! To Affordable Groceries” registered as a ballot committee Monday with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.
The committee is sponsored by the American Beverage Association and supported by organizations including the Korean American Grocers Association, Washington Food Industry Association, Washington Farm Bureau and Joint Council of Teamsters, said Jim Desler, a spokesman.
“This is the first step in a process to explore a statewide ballot measure that will keep groceries affordable and free of new local taxes,” Desler said in an email.
A flyer from the committee warns about measures like Seattle’s tax spreading to other communities and other products.
The committee won’t try to roll back Seattle’s 1.75-cents-per-ounce tax on the distribution of beverages such as sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks, which took effect Jan. 1.