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Why doesn’t Seattle manage the money it already has?
Crosscut | June 15, 2017
Without getting into a debate about whether diet sodas, syrups in coffee drinks and hipster sodas like Jones should be exempted, one has to marvel at the constant, eager push by the Seattle City Council to pass new taxes and regulations.

Sugar tax: 'Narrowly focused'
Seattle Times | June 12, 2017
Why would our progressive Seattle mayor and city council pass another regressive tax?

Seattle's soda tax falls flat
Seattle Times | June 12, 2017
Seattle officials are flirting with pushing taxpayers to a breaking point, at which they will reject taxes regardless of the merit.

The Troubling Soda-Tax Trend
National Review | June 12, 2017
Seattle joins the list of cities trying to control people’s behavior through sin taxes — and killing jobs in the process.

So, Are Lattes Included In the Soda Tax, or Not? It’s Still Unclear
Seattle Weekly | June 7, 2017
The bill was rushed through council to head-off a possible ballot challenge.

Jones Soda: We’d be better off in Canada than Seattle
My Northwest | June 7, 2017
Jones Soda Company left Vancouver B.C. in 2000 to set up shop in Seattle, but the city’s recently-passed soda tax has the company considering its place in town.

Seattle Passes Regressive Soda Tax
Reason | June 6, 2017
Seattle's city council passed a new soda tax yesterday over the loud opposition of local business owners, teamsters, and other citizens. At 1.75 cents per ounce—that $2.52 per 12-pack—the new rate will be eight times higher than the levy on beer.

Seattle Passes Massive ‘Job-Killing’ Tax On Sugary Drinks
Daily Caller | June 6, 2017
Officials in Seattle passed the second largest Soda Tax in the U.S. Monday in an effort to close “the food security gap” and dissuade residents from buying sugary drinks.

The Truth About Seattle's Proposed Soda Tax and its Ilk
Reason | June 3, 2017
Seattle lawmakers are expected to vote early next week on a citywide soda tax that would add more than $2.50 to the cost of a twelve-pack of soda. The tax would undoubtedly drive consumers—at least those Seattle residents with cars and Costco memberships, including me—to buy more groceries in the city's suburbs.

Will Seattle’s Soda Tax End up Taxing Coffee?
Tax Foundation | June 2, 2017
Soda taxes are highly regressive and volatile sources of revenue, but policymakers should also be wary of how complex these proposals are to implement, as Seattle is finding out firsthand.

Is Seattle’s proposed soda tax also a tax on sugary lattes?
Seattle Times | June 2, 2017
Though the City Council is expected to take a final vote Monday, there are still doubts about how exactly the tax might affect made-to-order coffee drinks...

Seattle Is The Next City That Wants To Control What People Drink
Daily Caller | June 1, 2017
Business owners are lashing out at Seattle officials over a proposed tax on sugary beverages that local union leaders warn will “create deep economic insecurities.”

Rantz: Ridiculous soda tax is designed to fail
MyNorthwest | June 1, 2017
The purposed legislation to tax sugary drinks in Seattle is designed to fail, and nearly everyone involved looks clueless.

Diet drinks excluded as Seattle soda-tax moves toward final City Council vote
Seattle Times | May 31, 2017
Seattle City Council members moved a proposed soda tax Wednesday toward a final vote — and amended it to exclude diet drinks. Mayor Ed Murray sent legislation to the council in April calling for a tax of 1.75 cents per ounce on distributors of sweetened beverages, including sugary and diet soft drinks, among others.

Seattle considers tax on Sweetened Beverages
KGMI Newstalk Seattle | May 30, 2017
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal to tax sweetened beverages won’t go to a vote of the city council this week as planned. It’s still stuck in committee, as council members consider whether to join six other American cities in taxing sugar-filled drinks.

Editor's Notebook: Soda tax punishes both business owners and poor families
Puget Sound Business Journal | May 26, 2016
PSBJ Editor in Chief Emily Parkhurst takes on the proposed soda tax, which would add a tax of 1.75 cents per ounce on sweetened drinks (including diet drinks) to fund the city's Education Action Plan.

Spokane City Council shoots down speculation on ‘soda tax’ to pay for police
The Spokesman-Review | May 23, 2015
The Spokane City Council is not imposing, or asking voters to impose, a tax on sugary drinks. That’s the message to owners of restaurants and other small businesses contained in a letter the full panel agreed to Monday, which several lawmakers said should put to rest the false impression they were proposing the tax to pay for police.

Spokane City Council Not Pursuing a Beverage Tax
Spokane City Council | May 22, 2017
Although Seattle's Mayor is proposing a beverage tax to the Seattle City Council, that is not the case in Spokane.

The Hypocrisy of Taxing Sugar in Sugartown
Seattle Mag | May 22, 2017
Second, it’s grossly unfair. Some say it’s racist. Some say it targets low-income communities. Some say it could damage mom and pop restaurants and stores, as well as local craft pop manufacturers

Reader opinions bubble over on Seattle’s proposed soda tax
Seattle Times | May 21, 2017
Lost freedom was a common theme among readers who disagreed with Thursday’s column in which I supported Seattle’s consideration of a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks.

Flat Soda in Seattle
Inside Sources | May 18, 2017
Never happy leaving people alone, the busybullies are at it again, using the force of government to change people’s behavior. You know, for their own good.

Seattle proposes to tax soda 8 times higher than beer
Washington Policy Center | May 11, 2017
An income tax isn't the only controversy on Seattle's current agenda. Outgoing Seattle Mayor Murray has also proposed a 1.75 cents per ounce soda tax. While that may not sound like a lot it adds up in a hurry.

Seattle considers soda tax
Real Change News | May 10th, 2017
The tax would hit distributors that work in the city, a fact that raised vocal opposition from the Teamsters Union, which transports such beverages into Seattle.

A $90 case of flavor syrups for coffee could be taxed $63 under mayor's proposal
Puget Sound Business Journal | May 5, 2017
The mayor's proposed sugary-drink tax is directed at the distributor level, but if the distributor decided not to take the hit to its bottom line, it would pass the cost on to the retailer.

Proposed beverage tax harmful to small businesses, minority communities
NW Asian Weekly | May 5, 2017
For over two decades, the Korean American Grocers’ Association (KAGRO) and the countless local grocers that it supports have been a part of the Seattle community. As small businesses already struggling with an excessive amount of taxes, fees, and regulations, we are deeply concerned about Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed tax on beverages, and the harmful consequences it will undoubtedly have on Seattle’s working class.

Seattle mayor tweaks soda tax proposal, adds diet drinks
KIRO 7 | April 27, 2017
Since making the proposal, more than 100 businesses have responded, saying it would negatively impact sales.

Seattle soda tax: I’ll shop elsewhere
The Seattle Times | April 7, 2017
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants a soda tax. If I have to pay a soda tax, and if I am planning to buy a quantity of soda, I will go to Renton or Shoreline or Bellevue, wherever doesn’t have a tax.

What happened when Congress decided to tax all soda
The Washington Post | April 6, 2017
Contrary to the claims of advocates, America's first soda tax was not a success. Soda taxes are much in the news of late, as lawmakers from Washington state to West Virginia debate the newly popular policy tool as a means of ramping up revenue and cutting soda consumption.

Concerned business owners urge Seattle mayor to rethink soda tax
MyNorthwest.com | April 5, 2017
More than 150 small business owners in Seattle sent a letter to the Mayor of Seattle asking him to reconsider his soda tax.

Small businesses protest Seattle mayor's plan for tax on sugary sodas
The Seattle Times | April 5. 2017
More than 150 small-business owners are calling on Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to reconsider his plan for a soda tax, while a group backing the tax has enlisted heavy hitters with health-care and community-organizing expertise to rally support.

Should Seattle tax sugary drinks? Here’s what the health research says — and doesn’t say
The Seattle Times | March 13, 2017
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray wants a tax on sodas and other sugary drinks, in part to reduce consumption and improve health.

Soda Taxes Raise New Questions in Philly, Seattle
The Food Institute Blog | February 23, 2017
When it comes to regulatory issues in the food industry (and outside it, for that matter), it is almost impossible to please everyone. It becomes particularly complicated when the health and well-being of consumers is involved, such as in GMO labeling, removal of artificial flavors and colors, etc. That is what makes implementing sugary drink taxes and warnings so difficult.

Starbucks may have a loophole in Seattle mayor's sugary drink tax proposal
Puget Sound Business Journal | February 22, 2017
During his State of the City address, Mayor Ed Murray said he will be proposing to the City Council a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks. Murray expects the new tax, if approved, to raise $16 million per year to fund educational and health programs for students of color.

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