In her proposed budget plan, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has suggested repealing the sales tax exemption on candy and gum as well as imposing a $.19 per ounce tax on carbonated beverages in order to pay for raises to state home-care workers. Brad Boswell of the Northwest Automatic Vending Association (NAVA) recently sent a letter to NAVA members informing them of the Governor's plan, but also reminding members that Gov. Gregoire's budget is not finalized. Governor-elect Jay Inslee promised not to increase taxes. The NAVA is monitoring the situation.