Seattle City Council Passes Sweetened Beverage Tax Directing Revenue to Early Learning

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Seattle (June 5, 2017)Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) President Mark Shriver issued the following statement today applauding the Seattle City Council’s passage of the sweetened beverage tax, which will direct revenue to birth to five early learning programs, in a 7-1 vote.

“Today’s City Council vote is a positive step for kids in Seattle, as this legislation will help increase access to high-quality early childhood education programs that will provide more children with a strong start in life.

“I’m grateful to the Seattle City Council for prioritizing the city’s future. Since investing in early learning programs carries a high return on investment, this is also a smart business decision. Investing in kids now will save the city money in the long run.

“We look forward to working with city officials and the mayor to implement this plan to direct revenue to evidence-based programs that will improve education and health outcomes for children. We want to make sure all kids in Seattle have an equal opportunity to thrive.”

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