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100 years ago in Central Washington: Railroad workers strike over lack of bathtubs, decent meals

About 300 men working on a project to electrify the Milwaukee Railroad’s line through Washington were on strike at their job site west of the Columbia River.

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

Seattle soda-tax collections top $16M in 9 months

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.

Lopsided I-1634 campaign, with millions from soda industry, blankets airwaves

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 …

I-1634 would ban new local taxes on all groceries, including soda

Soda industry backs an initiative that would keep local governments from putting taxes on soda or groceries.

Seattle soda tax brings in more than $10M in first six months

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 …

Initiatives on carbon fees, soda taxes qualify for ballot

Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.

I-1634 backers warn soda tax could spread to food

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 …

Voters to be asked to stop local soda and grocery taxes

Voters likely to be asked whether to prevent new local taxes on soda and other groceries.

Spin Control: Active initiative campaigns have to kick into high gear

Memorial Day weekend means its crunch time for efforts to get enough signatures on petitions for initiatives to the Legislature.

Seattle’s new tax on soda, sugary drinks takes effect Jan. 1

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.

Seattle City Council OKs tax on soda, sugary drinks

The Seattle City Council has approved taxing soda and other sugary beverages to pay for nutrition and education programs.

Seattle City Council removes diet pop from proposed tax plan

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.

Spokane City Council shoots down speculation on ‘soda tax’ to pay for police

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 …

Health advocates want soda tax on Portland-area ballot

Voters in Oregon’s most populous county might be voting on a soda tax this fall.

“Soda tax” stakes escalate in pivotal Philadelphia fight

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 …

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo hit with wave of taxes as cities punish soda

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.

Sanders tells soda tax opponents to stop using his name

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 …

Philadelphia is second big city to approve soda tax

Philadelphia City Council adopts soda tax measure.

Year produced array of calculations, ideas, tired phrases

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 …

Soda industry puts up fight as state considers tax

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 …

Spin Control: Enough already with oohs, aahs over young vote

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 …

Initiative support tepid in poll

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 …

Poll: Weak support for Washington initiatives

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 …

Initiative campaigns attract $30 million in state

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 …

Budget-patching soda tax starts today

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.

Soda initiative expected on Washington ballot

Another initiative campaign expects to have enough signatures to likely make the fall ballot.

Gregoire: ‘Time’s up’ on session

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 …