NAMA Rallies Against DC's Proposed Sugary Drink Tax

Posted On: 10/11/2019

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The Washington, DC, City Council has proposed what would be one of the highest taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages in the nation and the National Automatic Merchandising Association.

"We wanted to reach out to update you on the situation and let you know of our efforts to oppose this costly price increase on consumers," said NAMA government affairs manager Wes Fisher. "This bill was proposed last Friday, and on Monday, MD-DC Vending Association president Steve Boucher and I went to the Council with beverage industry allies and the local beverage association to let every member of the council know that there will be significant opposition to this. We have also made members available for media comments.

Fisher added that this is what NAMA knows about the bill:

• It is a 1.5¢ per ounce excise tax (attached infographic explains how that will affect prices)

• It would affect all sweetened beverages, including soda, juice and tea

• A majority of members of the council are currently supportive

• This will go to the business committee, hearings will be scheduled soon

• This would replace the sales tax increase of 2% that just took effect in DC

"We will be in touch with ways that you can get involved. Please let me know if you have questions or concerns," Fisher said.