My Edmonds News Daily Legislative Report: Feb. 22, 2021 – Statewide soda tax

My Edmonds News presents the Daily Legislative Report, covering the 2021 Washington State Legislature. The Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee heard public testimony on Senate Bill 5371, which would fund public health services, including a healthy equity initiative, through a statewide sweetened beverage tax.

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  1. Once again this has nothing to do with the so called health risk. Just, another thirst for taxes on the population. You can find pros and cons on both sides on the health issue. Interesting that they are not going after Starbucks etc., with drinks on sweetened coffee. Heard coffee isn’t good for you either something about cancer, I remember doctors who jumped in that bandwagon. I guess next to be taxed will be cheeseburgers and fries, not good for you either. Will Olympia’s thirst for taxes ever end? Think not!

  2. Do you really want to make this a color problem?? What?? Many people drink pop. To address a health problem? The. It will be carbonated sweet water…
    Bottom line, I am sick to death of taxing EVERYTHING… I am not comfortable with this city or state argument, “well it’s like Seattle’s tax.” Once again trying to make Edmonds like Seattle. Stop taxing anything unless it’s safety… it’s ridiculous to have these people involved with anything I personally choose to eat or drink. No new taxes..

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