Yakima Valley businesses show support for Initiative 1634

Yakima Valley businesses show support for Initiative 1634

Local businesses are announcing support for a ballot measure that would prevent a grocery tax.

Highway Espresso in Naches has now joined 1,400 businesses across the state.

Initiative 1634, Yes! To Affordable Groceries, would prevent cities and counties from imposing their own taxes on groceries.

It will appear in the November ballot after 360,000 signatures were submitted to the Washington Secretary of State’s office.

“It could affect so many other things, because when we have to cut our costs as a small business to stay in business it’s going to affect many businesses in the community not just us,” said small business owner, Tori Dede.

Initiative opponents have said that grocery taxes is a good thing because it cuts down consumption, which can better people’s health by allowing them to make better choices.

But supporters said consumers should be allowed to decide what they want to purchase without being punished.