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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/ 2/2011

Bag tax in Montgomery County?

By The Gazette

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) is proposing a 5-cent fee for paper and plastic bags at grocery stores in the county, The Gazette reports.

If his plan is approved, Leggett said it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2012. He estimates the county could raise about $1 million from the fee in the first year. He said the money raised would be used to purchase reusable bags for customers and to educate residents about the change.

Leggett is expected to announce his plan on Monday.

Read more about a proposed bag tax for shoppers in Montgomery County in The Gazette.

By The Gazette  | March 2, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

Um... 5 cents a bag... not to be "Green" or to help keep polution down but because MoCo needs money.... very bad idea because what people will start to do is bring in their own bag or sack to put groceries in.... he is slowly destroying what was once a prosperous and fine county..... not so much anymore.

Posted by: rvanags | March 2, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

just ban the bags.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 2, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

What MarilynManson said. But, it didn't hurt business in D.C.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 2, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Will the plastic bag the Gazette comes in be subject to this tax? Perhaps if struggling media organizations actually need to pay this tax as well they will provide better coverage of what this new regressive tax's impact on families and businesses will be?

Posted by: afpre42 | March 4, 2011 6:11 AM | Report abuse

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