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California Shields Big Soda From Local Taxes

June 29, 2018

The Wall Street Journal,

Alejandro Lazo,

June 29, 2018-

State lawmakers banned all local taxes on groceries for 12 years in California on Thursday, a major victory for the soda industry, which used the state’s ballot-initiative system to force legislators’ hands.

The ban was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown after it was rushed through the state legislature. Lawmakers said they had no choice but to pass the tax ban as they were faced with the threat of a sweeping ballot initiative backed by the soda industry that would have made it more difficult to raise all local…