From Gov. Chris Gregoire’s new tax proposal:
Excise Tax on Carbonated Beverages
Carbonated beverages are a discretionary purchase. Their consumption leads to growing public health issues, including childhood obesity and diabetes. Through an excise tax of 5 cents per 12 ounces, this proposal would raise $93.6 million this biennium.
Or, you know, we could just build some more sidewalks. That’s what Gov. Blethen would do.
(And in case you’re wondering about the headline… um, here.)