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Posted at 5:57 PM ET, 04/ 2/2010

The D.C. bag tax in action

By Vince Rinehart

By Anne Guzzi

I was very happy to read the update on the D.C. bag tax [“D.C. bag tax pulls in $150,000,” Metro, March 30]. While I think our city government can be plagued by inefficiencies, it did a fantastic job implementing this. Fewer plastic bags being used plus more revenue for the city is a win-win.

What amazes me is that so many people are against this (49 percent in a January Post poll), and that there are people who say they drive out of the District to shop to avoid the tax. We complain that there’s too much trash in our streets and that our government is underfunded, but when a reasonable, consumption-based tax designed to tackle both is enacted, some people won’t have it. Expand the tax to Maryland, Virginia and beyond. If people want to drive to Canada to avoid a 5-cent tax, they have my blessing.


By Jeremiah Barrett

Bag tax collections have been substantially below projections. How long will it be before Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) and the rest of the D.C. Council decide the tax has to be doubled to save the Anacostia River?

By Vince Rinehart  | April 2, 2010; 5:57 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., environment, taxes, wildlife  
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