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  • Jason Mercier, Washington Policy Center

Citizens' Guide to Initiative 1634

  1. Washington voters have twice adopted ballot measures to repeal taxes on food items.

  2. If enacted, Initiative 1634 would ban local discriminatory food taxes, such as a tax on soda distribution.

  3. Taxes on soda drinks are regressive and disproportionately impact low income families.

  4. Initiative 1634 would not prohibit possible discriminatory food taxes at the state level.

  5. Initiative 1634 is not the first effort to ban local food taxes in the country. Bans were recently enacted in California, Arizona and Michigan and one is being considered by voters in Oregon.

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