Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

WE'RE IN THE NEWS: DEADLINE DAY FOR WASH. INITIATIVE CAMPAIGNS

On Friday, July 2, three initiative campaigns turned in voter signatures in hopes of qualifying for the November ballot. State officials will determine whether the initiative campaigns have enough valid voter signatures to meet the requirement.

One of these initiatives is I-1107, which would slash state revenues raised from new taxes on pop, candy, gum and other non-essential items. I-1107 is mainly funded by the American Beverage Association, which has given almost $2.5 million to the campaign.

Jon Gould, deputy director of the Children's Alliance, which opposes the initiative, said rolling back the tax hikes would only bring more cuts to state programs that have suffered through recent budget deficits. "The choice for us is clear, a few extra pennies or the loss of essential services for kids," Gould said.

Read the full story by the Associated Press