Voter Pamphlet Guide Statement — Initiative 1634 – Argument against
Initiative 1634 takes away local control and gives it to the state
This confusing measure imposes a one-size-fits-all state law that takes power away from voters and hands it to the state, silencing our voice in local decision-making. Different communities have unique needs and local voters deserve a say in how revenue decisions are made. This initiative is a slippery slope toward greater state control at the expense of our cities, towns, and local communities.
Corporate special interests are spending millions to strip away voter choices and protect profits
I-1634 has nothing to do with keeping our food affordable. In fact, tax prohibitions on everyday food items — from fruits and vegetables to milk and bread—are already reflected in voter approved state law. Instead, this measure is funded almost exclusively by the multi-billion-dollar soda industry. They are only concerned with their profits and are spending millions on this initiative—and misleading advertisements—that would undermine local control.
Reject Initiative 1634 to prevent future erosion of local powers by special interests
I-1634 sets a dangerous precedent — any special interest could spend millions on a misleading initiative to limit our rights as voters and our local autonomy. Voting no sends a clear message that we value local control and will not be fooled by the political agenda of wealthy industries or outside groups.
Mary Ann Bauman MD, American Heart Association
Kate Burke, Spokane City Council
Jill Mangaliman, Got Green
Jim Krieger, MD, MPH Healthy Food America
Val Thomas-Matson, Healthy King County Coalition
Carolyn Conner, Nutrition First
LINK: TVW Video Voter’s Guide – View under Ballot Initiatives and Referendums