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NAMA Statement on Proposed D.C. Soda Tax Withdrawal
ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) today released the following statement from Mike Goscinski, senior director, external affairs, regarding D.C. council member, Brianne Nadeau’s withdrawal of the Nutrition Equity Act.
“We’re pleased that the council recognizes the undue burden the soda tax would have placed on already-struggling small businesses.
NAMA has been actively engaged in opposition to the tax since the concept was introduced as different legislation in 2019 through the Alliance for an Affordable DC Coalition and in the months leading to the withdrawal.
Most recently, NAMA Director of Federal and State Affairs, Wes Fisher, provided verbal testimony urging the council to reconsider the looming soda tax that would undermine post-pandemic relief efforts for so many working families. Fisher called attention to the proactive, voluntary efforts the convenience services industry has taken to promote healthy options and accommodate consumer choice and highlighted the industry’s public health commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
NAMA appreciates the council’s acknowledgment of those who would be unfairly impacted by the regressive tax and applauds the necessary action to withdraw the bill.”
NAMA represents the $34.9 billion U.S. convenience services industry. By providing advocacy, education and research, NAMA works to promote and protect the industry’s over 160,500 hardworking employees. Through traditional vending and micro markets, office coffee and pantry services, product manufacturing and small-drop distribution, convenience services meets the needs of over 40 million American consumers daily at work, home, school and play.