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Bans on Soda and Sugary Drink Taxes Meet Different Fates at the Polls

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SodaSugarLast Tuesday, voters in Oregon and Washington decided on referendums that would ban local governments from implementing taxes on “raw or processed food or beverages.” Oregon’s measure was defeated, while Washington’s referendum was successful.

The referendums in both states received heavy support from the soda industry, which spent over $20 million in Washington and just over $7 million in Oregon. Spending in Washington dwarfed spending of groups who opposed the measure and was almost equal to the spending of opposition groups in Oregon.

Similar measures have been passed in the legislatures in Arizona and Michigan. California also placed a 12-year moratorium on local taxes on sugary drinks, facing pressure from the soda industry.

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