Letter: Initiative 1634 was a win for state’s small business owners

Editor,

A guest column in the newspaper recapping the election results mentions only beverage companies as winners with the passage of Initiative 1634, and fails to acknowledge how all of us will benefit.

You know who else won? Working families and small businesses, who carry the burden of regressive taxes.

Washington state’s cost of living is rapidly climbing, and families on the brink of poverty can too easily be pushed over the edge.

Farmers, producers and processors, a giant part of Washington’s economy, are relieved that voters wanted to nip the idea of taxes on groceries in the bud, knowing how targeting specific food products can impact the entire supply chain as well as local and regional economies.

Minority-owned and family-owned businesses that are under-represented in city and county council chambers, especially restaurants, coffee shops, grocers and corner stores, will be able to operate with one less threat to their viability as they compete with chains and larger retailers.

So the real winners of the November election were the many people and organizations who helped pass I-1634. So, thank you, voters of Washington.

Prem Singh

7-Eleven franchise owner

Greater Seattle Area 7-Eleven Government Affairs Council

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Alternative, safe vaccines withheld by ‘big pharma’

Editor, House Bill 1638 mandates the removal of “religious and personal exemptions… Continue reading

Letter: Security of this nation’s borders must be a priority

Editor, We have a very serious problem in our country created by… Continue reading

Letter: Former state treasurer is going against our citizens

Editor, Former State Treasurer Duane A. Davidson is opposed to the citizens… Continue reading

Letter: Wondering if the Navy has problem with credibility

Editor, The Navy Growler EIS makes dubious assertions, as well as verbal… Continue reading

Letter: Exposure to jet noise may have damaging effects

Editor, Noise exposure from military jets has long been shown to cause… Continue reading

Letter: OLF discussion needs to remain in the spotlight

Editor, I just want to thank Congressman Rick Larsen for writing the… Continue reading

Letter: Navy took quick action to address problem of PFAs

Editor, In the Saturday, Feb. 2 edition, Rick Abraham implies that our… Continue reading

Letter: Thank you for hard work work along Madrona Way

Editor, I would like to thank the Island County commissioners and the… Continue reading

Letter: Americans come together to achieve a common goal

Editor, Thank you, Whidbey. I am Charles Monahan, commander of the local… Continue reading

Most Read