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

Anthony Randazzo is director of economic research for Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. His research portfolio is regularly evolving, and he maintains a wide interest in economic policy at both a domestic and international level.