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STATEMENT FROM WENDY CAMERON, VICE PRESIDENT, OHIO SOFT DRINK ASSOCIATION

 COLUMBUS, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was made by Wendy Cameron, vice president, Ohio Soft Drink Association, in response to today's decision from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. The court extended the Temporary Restraining Order stopping the tax on soft drinks which was first issued on Feb. 1, and set a hearing date of Feb. 26.
 On behalf of Ohio's soft drink bottlers, their employees, and the millions of Ohio taxpayers, we are pleased that the court extended the restraining order protecting consumers from this additional tax on soft drinks.
 This is a victory for the taxpayers since it prevents this additional money from going to the General Revenue Fund, the big, black hole of the state budget system. Consumers should realize that if they can tax soft drinks, just one part of the grocery cart, what could be next?
 As more people become aware of this unconstitutional tax and the potential problems it can bring, we know they will share our desire to see that it is stopped, once and for all.
 A coalition of individuals and organizations is being formed to continue the fight. Right now the battle is in the courts, but we are prepared to do whatever is necessary to stop the tax grab on our groceries.
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 /CONTACT: Wendy Cameron, vice president, Ohio Soft Drink Association, 800-245-4914/


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