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Posted at 03:28 PM ET, 05/12/2010

Restaurants band together to defeat D.C. soda tax

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
B&V Market
Benning Liquor
Capitol Café
Corner Bakery
Cosmo Café
Dakota Liquor
DC Republican Committee
Georgetown News
Hamilton's Bar & Grill
Hudson News
IB Curbon & Company
Jack's Famous Deli
Kenny Carryout
Mangialardo & Sons Inc.
Market to Market
North Capitol Food Mart
OM Corporation
Pizza Bolis
Price's Grocery
Primo Cappuccino
Riggs Wine & Liquor
Safeway Inc.
Sbarro's (298)
Shop Express
Starlight Food Inc.
Subway Sanwiches
SunDun Vending
Sunoco/G&K Sunoco Inc.
Super Liquor
T&G Grocery
Union Wine and Liquor
United Medical Center
Young's Globe Liquor

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