Debated: I-1634 would ban local taxes on grocery items

We invited proponents and opponents to argue their cases before we recommend a yes or no vote.

Proponents and opponents of Washington Initiative 1634, which would ban local taxes on groceries, including sugary beverages, were interviewed by Everett Herald opinion editor Jon Bauer on Oct. 4.

The participants were proponents Pete Lamb of Teamsters Local 174 and Jim Desler of Yes on Affordable Groceries; and opponent Dr. Jim Krieger of the University of Washington School of Public Health. An organization also opposing the measure is the Seattle Healthy Kids Coalition.

The Herald will publish an endorsement one way or the other sometime before the Nov. 6 election.

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