The Columbian published an opinion - editorial by Executive Director Paola Maranan on September 26, 2010. The piece addresses some misinformation being spread by the soda company-backed Initiative 1107.
In these tough economic times, we can’t afford to give big, out-of-state special interests tax breaks at the expense of Washington residents. The small, temporary tax on candy and soda was part of a balanced solution to managing the economic recession, which included $4 in cuts for every $1 in new revenue. Across the country, many states are taking a balanced approach to budget shortfalls by approving small, reasonable taxes on nonessential items like candy and soda in order to protect education and health care services.