The Anti-Green Bag Campaign Celebrates

By ElectionNerd August 18, 2009

ECB here.

The American Chemistry Council-funded anti-bag-fee campaign was going to hold a press conference, starting right now, in front of Whole Foods Market in South Lake Union to celebrate their victory.

Instead, they just issued a statement, which follows. The most audacious claim? That the anti-bag-fee campaign was funded by "Seattle citizens." In fact, only ONE Seattle citizen contributed to the campaign—a North Seattle resident who added $25 to the $1.4 million the plastic industry spent to defeat the fee.

Referendum 1’s Defeat a Relief to Hard Working Taxpayers

Seattle, WA, August 18, 2009 – Members of the Coalition to Stop the Seattle Bag Tax, a grassroots alliance including local small business owners and concerned citizens, responded today with relief at the news of Referendum 1’s defeat at the ballot box.  Referendum 1, also known as the grocery bag tax, and originally enacted last July by the Mayor and the City Council, was rejected by Seattle voters.

The small business community and those least able to absorb the impact of the tax had opposed the tax, calling it unnecessary and unfair.  Robin Pavlish, a 7-Eleven Market Manager and a member of the coalition, declared, "As a representative of many small businesses in Seattle and reflecting the views of many of our customers, I’m happy that Seattle voters stopped the bag tax from passing.  The last thing we need in this economy is another tax to collect or another burden on consumers, particularly when so many residents already reuse and recycle their paper and plastic bags."

About the Coalition

The “Coalition to Stop the Seattle Bag Tax” is an alliance of responsible Seattle residents, independent organizations, and business groups who have joined together in opposition to Referendum 1 (the “Grocery Bag Tax”).  The coalition’s members oppose what we view as a vague and confusing measure; resist more government spending and further bureaucracy; are concerned about the inconsistency with potential exemptions for supercenters but not small businesses; and oppose attempts to legislate behavior that is already voluntarily taken by 90% of the city’s residents who reuse and recycle their paper and plastic grocery bags.
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