It is a known fact that taxes on common grocery items fall hardest on those who can least afford them. They also hurt local businesses and put jobs at risk, but that hasn’t stopped elected officials in Seattle from proposing a discriminatory beverage tax. In a letter to the editor published in the Seattle Times, the CEO of Seattle-based Jones Soda Co. is speaking out about the “the economic damage this new regressive beverage tax will have on Seattle communities and businesses.”

Politicians may think a tax on beverages is an easy way to generate revenue but they must consider the damage such a tax will leave in its wake on local businesses, employees and families. As Jones Soda CEO Jennifer Cue points out, “Jones Soda Co. is a proud Seattle company that is an active local employer, positive contributor and a producer of quality premium beverages.”

Local businesses like Jones Soda are a major part of the fabric of communities and they help grow the economy, employing local people and paying taxes. Shouldn’t elected officials be looking for ways to help them prosper instead of putting up barriers to their success?

Cue says regressive taxes will not lead to a stronger Seattle, but working together will: “Jones Soda is proud to be part of the Seattle community and believe together we can lead in finding real, progressive solutions.”

To learn more about how beverage taxes harm communities and local businesses visit the Truth About Beverage Taxes