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.
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 www.sos.wa.gov 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.
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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.