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Bag Tax Rejected in Alaska

There would be some irony in buying a newspaper in Washington DC this morning and putting it in a plastic bag with some groceries, having paid a 5 cent tax just to use that bag, to open up the paper and read this story:

Voters in Juneau have defeated a 15-cent tax on plastic shopping bags.

Unofficial results, with 16 of 16 precincts reporting, showed 4,191 votes against Proposition No. 5 and 1,850 for it.

The proposition asked whether local laws should be changed to allow for the tax, which would be assessed for each bag a person uses. The tax would be collected by retailers that sell grocery, hardware, liquor or sundry items and have had annual average gross sales of $15 million or more over the last five years.

Read the whole article here.

See Reason's argument against plastic bag taxes here.

Anthony Randazzo is Director of Economic Research


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