Stories tagged: soda tax
UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 9:33 a.m.
Seattle has collected nearly $17 million in the first nine months of its tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, exceeding what the city initially expected the tax would raise in its first …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 14, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
The I-1634 campaign is blanketing the airwaves with advertisements that raise the specter of looming local grocery taxes, while making little or no mention of the sweetened beverages produced by …
Fri., Sept. 21, 2018
Soda industry backs an initiative that would keep local governments from putting taxes on soda or groceries.
Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
A survey conducted just before the tax took effect has found that most Seattle adults supported the measure, though the tax was less popular among black and Asian respondents and …
Fri., Aug. 3, 2018
Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.
Tue., July 10, 2018, 5 a.m.
Supporters of an anti-tax initiative say they fear a local tax on food would hurt working families, even though they concede that no city or county in Washington has such …
Fri., July 6, 2018
Voters likely to be asked whether to prevent new local taxes on soda and other groceries.
Sun., May 27, 2018
Memorial Day weekend means its crunch time for efforts to get enough signatures on petitions for initiatives to the Legislature.
Tue., Dec. 26, 2017, 1:04 p.m.
Seattle’s new tax on soda and other sugary beverages goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018.
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 5:59 p.m.
The Seattle City Council has approved taxing soda and other sugary beverages to pay for nutrition and education programs.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 3:54 p.m.
Seattle City Council members have advanced a proposal for a soda tax but have changed the plan to exclude diet pop.
UPDATED: Tue., May 23, 2017, 7:19 p.m.
In a letter sent to restaurants and other small business organizations Monday, the Spokane City Council said there is no tax on sugary drinks proposal before them right now, and …
Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:59 a.m.
Voters in Oregon’s most populous county might be voting on a soda tax this fall.
Fri., March 17, 2017, 10:12 a.m.
PHILADELPHIA – Less than three months into Philadelphia’s new tax on sweetened drinks, the stakes have escalated: Beverage makers say the measure is hurting sales so much they need to …
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016, 9:44 a.m.
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo face a wave of new soda taxes after four U.S. cities voted to pass the measures, part of an escalating war on sugary drinks.
Fri., Oct. 21, 2016, 8:04 a.m.
SAN FRANCISCO ( – Saying that too much sugar is a serious health problem, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the soft drink industry to stop using his name in ads …
Thu., June 16, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
Philadelphia City Council adopts soda tax measure.
Sun., Jan. 2, 2011
It was a year when government budgets always hurt for money and initiative campaigns never did. When candidates seemed to come out of retirement, out of the woodwork or from …
Thu., Oct. 7, 2010
OLYMPIA – Washington state consumers started paying more for soda, candy and gum this year amid a nationwide push to impose higher taxes on sugary foods. But the soft drink …
Sun., Oct. 3, 2010
After listening to decades of hype about young voters, I have a request. Don’t bug me about Rock the Vote, unless it’s something akin to “Rock Around the Clock” the …
Mon., Sept. 20, 2010
Washington voters may be experiencing initiative overload this year with a near-record number of ballot measures. They can stage a “tax revolt” by lifting new taxes imposed by the Legislature …
Thu., Sept. 16, 2010
Three initiatives that would change the state’s tax policies – instituting an income tax, dropping a series of consumer taxes or requiring supermajorities to pass new taxes – have more …
Sun., Sept. 5, 2010
Soda pop sellers, liquor distributors and warehouse retailers are pouring millions of dollars into Washington to influence residents’ votes on a slew of statewide ballot measures. Some $30 million so …
Thu., July 1, 2010
That six-pack of diet soda will cost an extra 12 cents starting today. It’s possible you won’t pay it, but someone will.
Wed., June 23, 2010, 9:55 a.m.
Another initiative campaign expects to have enough signatures to likely make the fall ballot.
Sat., April 10, 2010
OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns today with time running out in its special session and only two options to fix its unbalanced budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday: Pass an …