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Local governments looking for more tax money will have to look somewhere else than soda.
Millions of dollars pour into initiative campaigns, fueling ads on television, the internet and in the mailbox.
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 the companies funding the campaign.
Some groups spend big to get signatures for ballot initiatives.
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 a tax.
Three initiatives submit far more signatures than they need to qualify for the ballot, but Secretary of State Kim Wyman says one proposal’s petitions raise legal concerns.
Voters likely to be asked whether to prevent new local taxes on soda and other groceries.