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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Seattle grocery bag tax lands with a thud

Maybe it was all the money the plastic bag makers spent influencing voters. Or perhaps people in Seattle just want the local politicians to run essential government services, rather than telling them how to live. For whatever reason, the proposed 20-cent "fee" on disposable grocery bags is being defeated by about a 3-to-2 margin.

Comments (8)

Maybe Sammy will learn from this and the lousy showing of the sitting mayor.


Adams -- "learn"? Not likely.

Good, I'm glad it's getting defeated, not because I'm anti-environmental, but because I am anti-nanny state. However, I find it a strange paradigm that while the plastic tax is going down to defeat, a Sierra Club environmentalist is leading the race to be mayor. Seems a bit at odds with the first item. Plus, if Seattle thought the plastic tax was going too far, I can only imagine what a Sierra Club member as a mayor will come up with. Heck, it might even make Portland city council seem reasonable ... wait, that will never happen.

"the Progressive Bag Affiliates"

Now that's an intersting political animal or chimera or whatever.

"Maybe Sammy will learn"

Adams has the same go-to plays he has always had, he'll never do anything new.

Sorry to see it failing. It would be my favorite kind of tax -- the one that others pay.

A typical Sam move as it was originally proposed....what a great way to boost business at the Togard Winco, Tigard Freddies, Raleigh Hills Freddies, and Raleigh Hills Safeway. And a "kill the business" guarantee for the Albertson'sd on B-H Highway and the Safeway and Frddies on Barbur.

I expect that similar effects would be felt in other areas of PDX bordering other cities / unincorporated areas.

Turn Portland into a food deser, discourage families with kids from living in PDX, and encourage longer car trips for grocery shopping.

Well thought out Sam.

Why am I not surprised.

So, Nonny, you think Portland folks would rather drive to Beaverton than carry a re-usable shopping bag? I'm surprised you're not surprised.

If they tax my grocery bags, I'll have to buy garbage bags and poo-bags for the dog.
Don't think those bags aren't already being recycled and put to good use.
I make by bag-style choice based on what type of bags I need at home.

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