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Originally published Friday, July 2, 2010 at 10:27 AM

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Opponents of soda, candy taxes turn in signatures

Sponsors of a proposed initiative to roll back new state taxes on soda, bottled water and candy said they turned in nearly 400,000 signatures Friday in their effort to make the November ballot.

Associated Press Writer.

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Sponsors of a proposed initiative to roll back new state taxes on soda, bottled water and candy said they turned in nearly 400,000 signatures Friday in their effort to make the November ballot.

If verified, the 395,103 signatures would be well above the 241,000 required to qualify Initiative 1107 for the ballot.

The taxes took effect June 1 as part of lawmakers' efforts to close a $2.8 billion budget deficit.

Tim Martin, president of the Washington Beverage Association, said the state chose the wrong items to tax during tough economic times.

"We're talking about products that everyday families get when they go to the grocery store and load up their carts," he said.

A new beer tax is not targeted by the initiative.

The tax on soda bottlers adds 2 cents to the sale of every 12-ounce container but exempts bottlers with $10 million or less in sales volume.

Candy, gum and water is also subject to the state's 6.5 percent sales tax.

The Yes on 1107 campaign has raised more than $2.5 million, with most of that money coming from the Washington, D.C.-based American Beverage Association. The opposition campaign has raised less than $200,000.

Friday is the last day initiative campaigns can turn in petitions. Signatures also were expected for I-1053, which calls for a two-thirds vote to raise taxes and I-1105 to privatize retail liquor sales.

Petition signatures have already been turned in for three other initiatives. I-1082 would allow private workers' compensation insurance. I-1098 calls for an income tax on the state's high earners, and I-1100 is another liquor privatization measure.

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Online:

Yes on 1107: http://stopgrocerytaxes.com

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