The Stop the Rhode Island Beverage Tax Coalition is a coalition of individuals and small, local businesses that are standing alongside community organizations fighting against the beverage tax to keep everyday drinks affordable for working families and help small businesses and employees stay afloat.
Legislation to tax everyday beverages 1.5 cents per ounce has been introduced in the General Assembly. If passed, prices of common grocery items like coffee drinks, sports drinks, teas, sodas, energy drinks, and certain fruit drinks will dramatically increase and could lead to the loss of at least $100 million in Rhode Island retail and restaurant sales annually. This tax will hurt hard-working Rhode Islanders and small business owners who are just beginning to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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