Business group salutes Issaquah state senator

July 20, 2010

By Staff

A statewide business group has recognized state Sen. Cheryl Pflug as a “pro-retail” legislator for her opposition to new taxes on bottled water, beer, candy, gum, soda and cigarettes.

Pflug, a Maple Valley Republican and the Issaquah representative in the Senate, received the nod last week from the Washington Retail Association. The organization honored 18 other state lawmakers for “efforts to reduce financial burdens on retailers and consumers during the 2009 and 2010 legislative sessions.”

Pflug earned a 100 percent rating from the organization. In addition to opposing the tax hikes, she also fought the rollback of Initiative 960 — a measure requiring a two-thirds vote from lawmakers for tax increases.

“They resisted the temptation to increase taxes that can only hurt retailers struggling to survive the recession,” Mark Johnson, vice president of government affairs for the organization, said in a news release.

In 2004, Pflug, then a state representative, succeeded Dino Rossi in the state Senate; she has been subsequently re-elected.

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