Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Taxing Plastic Bags




The harsh economic times means less tax dollars collected causing cutbacks in public jobs and services and attempts by governments to find new ways of creating revenue.

In New York City, the mayor is suggesting a tax on plastic bags.

That's right, plastic bags.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to tax you 5 cents each time they put an item you purchase at a store in a plastic bag.

Five cents for each bag of grocery.

Five cents when you want to hide from the prying eyes of passersby what you purchased at a drug store.

Five cents may not seem like a lot of money. But it can add up.

His honor believes five cents times X amount of bags can generate some $85 million dollars for the city of New York.

It brings new meaning and, probably, a new answer, to the question, "plastic or paper?" at the checkout counter.

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