More than three dozen local restaurants and businesses are joining forces to try to defeat Council member Mary M. Cheh's proposal for a citywide soda tax.
In today's edition of the Northwest Current, a group called NoDCBeverage Tax took out a full-page ad opposing the proposed tax.
"Listen up D.C.," the ad states. "A New Beverage Tax is Moving In. Unless we put the brakes on it."
It continues, "We can't afford to pay more taxes here in D.C. But some members of the City Council want to squeeze even more money out of us."
The ad references a Web site where residents are asked to sign a petition opposing the tax. According to the website, businesses and organizations ranging from Blimpies and Hudson News to Magruder's and Safeway are sponsors.
The council will likely consider Cheh's proposal, which would assess a 1 cent per ounce tax on sugar soda to pay for healthier school lunches, as part of the 2011 budget that will be voted on the council in late May.
The full list of coalition members can be found below:
Au Bon Pain
DC Republican Committee
Hamilton's Bar & Grill
IB Curbon & Company
Jack's Famous Deli
Mangialardo & Sons Inc.
Market to Market
North Capitol Food Mart
Riggs Wine & Liquor
Starlight Food Inc.
Sunoco/G&K Sunoco Inc.
Union Wine and Liquor
United Medical Center
Young's Globe Liquor