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Is Washington’s I-1634 about groceries or soda?

October 31, 2018

King 5 News,

Natalie Brand,

October 23, 2018-

The ads in favor of 1634, nicknamed ‘Yes! To Affordable Groceries’ would indicate the measure is focused largely on preventing grocery items from facing any new taxes, but the opposition campaign says it’s all about soda. “This is a made up, artificial political problem,” said State Senator Reuven Carlyle of Seattle. Carlyle and other opponents of 1634 held a news conference Tuesday blasting big beverage corporations for pouring $20 million in support of the measure, money that’s largely funded a flood of TV advertisements.

“I’m announcing today legislation that will require the corporate logos of the actual companies, actually investing in initiatives be placed on every advertisement,” said Carlyle who plans to introduce the proposal next legislative session. “The opposition may not like the fact that there’s a lot of money in this, but to say they’re buying the campaign is false, because at the end of the day voters are going to make this decision,” said Pete Lamb of Teamsters Local 174, speaking on behalf of the initiative.

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