A June 1 report in Winsight Grocery Business reports that the Michigan and Arizona legislatures have recently passed laws that ban localities in these states from taxing food and beverages. These measures target the growing number of cities and towns that have imposed taxes on sugary beverages. Even more recently, in Washington state, where Seattle recently initiated such a tax, a statewide ballot initiative has been introduced that would bar other jurisdictions from doing so. That initiative must garner 259,622 valid signatures for it to go on the ballot in November. The deadline for collecting signatures is July 6. Tyler Cox, a chief proponent of the initiative and president of the state's Cattlemen's Association, said May 14 that the message of the initiative is that "food is not the place we need to be going to fund any budgetary requirements."