The Washington Food Industry Association promotes, supports, and protects businesses in the food, beverage, and convenience industry.

Initiative Updates

  • 15 Oct 2018 10:57 AM | Melissa Burgess (Administrator)
    WFIA opposes I-1631 because the rise in costs of energy will hurt families' grocery bills.

    Public utility districts and electricity producers responsible for providing affordable energy to millions of families and businesses in every corner of Washington agree that I-1631 deserves a NO vote.  I-1631 would result in increased energy prices, and those increases would be passed on to ratepayers.
    The PUDs serving BentonClallamLewisMasonFranklin and Grays Harborcounties have all taken positions opposing I-1631.
    Puget Sound Energy reviewed the impacts from I-1631 and concluded:

    "Initiative 1631 will increase energy rates for our customers to facilitate investment in carbon emission reducing programs.”

    - Puget Sound Energy, 10/1/18

    The PUDs of Clark and Grant counties also looked at I-1631 and determined it would force rate increases as one way to deal with millions of dollars in increased annual costs resulting from the flaws in poorly written 1631. And increased utility costs are only one aspect of the harm I-1631 would do to Washington families and small businesses.

    comprehensive analysis of 1631’s economic impacts concluded that the average Washington household will pay $440 more per year in the first year alone due to I-1631’s costs – and these cost impacts would increase every year automatically, rising to nearly $1,000 per household within 15 years. Estimates show gasoline prices would increase by up to 14 cents a gallon in the first year alone, rising every year under I-1631’s new energy tax.

    Be on the lookout for the next email with some very specific ways that you can help defeat the costly, unfair and ineffective I-1631. Thank you!
  • 26 Sep 2018 7:08 AM | Melissa Burgess (Administrator)

    Below you will find links to the two TV commercials the NO on 1631 coalition is currently running. We encourage you to share them with your staff and members. And, if you aren't already. please follow and like us on our social media channels: Twitter and Facebook

    Sabrina Jones-Exemptions

    Title: “Sabrina Jones - Exemptions”

    Description: Small business owner Sabrina Jones explains that why, Initiative 1631 is a deeply flawed and poorly written proposal – claiming to reduce pollution but exempting many of the state’s largest polluters.  I-1631 places the cost burden of its new $2.3 billion energy tax on Washington families and small businesses. We invite voters to look into the facts at 

    1631 Facts

    Title: “I-1631 Facts”

    Description: I-1631 would create a new energy tax that would force Washington families and consumers to pay more than $2.3 billion in higher costs for gasoline and heating fuel, and hundreds of millions more in higher energy bills for electricity and natural gas.  I-1631’s new energy tax would automatically increase every year, with no cap. Please look into facts at  

  • 26 Sep 2018 7:05 AM | Melissa Burgess (Administrator)

    WFIA’s Board of Directors has voted to oppose I-1631, and to support the No On 1631 Coalition. I-1631 is an initiative which would implement a carbon tax. WFIA is urging a NO vote on Initiative 1631, the carbon tax measure, and has officially joined the No on 1631 Coalition working across Washington to defeat this unfair tax measure in November. I-1631 is a deeply-flawed proposal to impose a new $2.3 billion escalating energy tax on Washington businesses and consumers while exempting 6 of the state’s top 10 largest polluters. Under the measure, large corporations and polluters would be protected, while families and small businesses would be forced to pay billions in higher energy costs with no guarantee it would result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gases. And to make matters worse, I-1631’s taxes will automatically increase every year – more than quadrupling by 2035 – with no cap.
    I-1631 also creates a new state bureaucracy involving 14 state agencies, costing an estimated $27 million in the first five years alone. The unelected board created by I-1631 would have broad authority to disperse billions of dollars with little to no real accountability or legislative oversight and no requirements that it meets any specific requirements for reducing greenhouse gases.

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    We are encouraging our members to take the first step of joining the NO on 1631 Coalition and adding your business to the growing list of Washington families, farmers, small businesses, organizations, and individuals across our state who oppose this costly and unfair energy tax on working families and consumers.

    Also, now is the time to make sure your voter registration is current, and to encourage your employees to register to vote. Visit the Secretary of State’s office at and click on “REGISTER TO VOTE” in the top right corner of your screen.

    Another very important way you can help defeat Initiative 1631 is to make a financial contribution today using the form on the NO on 1631 campaign website. Your donation will be vital to the campaign’s efforts to reach Washington voters with important information about this damaging initiative.

    More information will be forthcoming in the next newsletter installment. Click here to see the No on 1631 Coalition’s website.

    We are encouraging all of our coalition members to please follow us and like us  -- then spread the news, asking your members to do the same. These are small steps that can make a HUGE difference for the campaign. 

    Here's what you need to know and do:



  • 26 Sep 2018 7:05 AM | Melissa Burgess (Administrator)

    Washington Food Industry Association is supporting the Yes! To Affordable Groceries initiative campaign currently underway.

    Organizers need to collect 259,622 signatures of registered state voters by July 6, 2018 to place Initiative 1634 on the November ballot.

    The initiative would cap existing local taxes on groceries at their current rate and would not end or reverse existing revenue streams that have already been passed by local governments. A tax on food is regressive and hits the poorest food customers the hardest. Although the initiative will not reverse any existing revenue streams for cities and towns, we need to look at the most recent tax on sugared drinks recently enacted in Seattle. The people of Seattle and the local businesses in Seattle are struggling with this tax because the tax turned out to be far more excessive than anticipated. Prices have skyrocketed, and families who live paycheck to paycheck are being hit the hardest. There is a better way to handle budget issues cities and counties face than targeting grocery items for more taxes. WFIA urges our members and others to sign I-1634 to get it on the November ballot. Click here for more information and updates.

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