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A new 5-cent tax on shopping bags (Maryland Liberal insanity)
http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post.aspx?post=3c4a9e5c-b856-4c4f-b052-d7ae0fdbbab1&rrurt=1&rrcontrolId=ratCntrlBinary ^ | 1/21/2012 | MSM money

Posted on 01/21/2012 5:38:32 AM PST by Morgana

We now have to pay a 5-cent tax for each paper or plastic shopping bag we get at stores in Montgomery County, Maryland. And I've already gotten suckered into it twice on opening day. (This new tax went into effect Jan. 1 -- kind of like my free Wendy's Frosties, only it doesn't require me to bring my own cups!)

I remember when the bag trend hit Washington, D.C., a couple years back, where everyone was charged 5 cents every time they needed a bag for purchases of food and alcohol (including, as luck would have it for me, Subway). It seems now it's spread to the great state of Maryland too. Which is good and bad.

Good because obviously we're trying to save the environment here and many of us like nabbing those bags left and right without a care in the world (or at least I used to).

Bad because now it's costing us every time we do it. And double when you extra-bag it for milk and other heavy items at the grocery store -- quickly making your total add up. (I think on our last trip we used like 25 plastic bags, which would have come to $1.25.)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: bag; bagtax; maryland; shopping; shoppingbag; tax
Shopping bag tax in Maryland by our lib wacko democrats who have nothing better to do.
1 posted on 01/21/2012 5:38:38 AM PST by Morgana
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2 posted on 01/21/2012 5:40:47 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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But don't worry -- it's just the unincorporated areas, y'see.

3 posted on 01/21/2012 5:44:50 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Morgana
This will simply give Souvrn' Marylanders (where the Libs live) another excuse to let dog poop lie there unscooped.

It's bad enough as it is, and now this.

I simply won't go there anymore!

4 posted on 01/21/2012 5:47:04 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: Morgana
It's not entirely wacko. Loose plastic shopping bags are a plague if they get into the rivers or the Bay, and the Bay's oyster and crab fisheries are a big industry in the state. I've seen the problem close up around Curtis Bay, where the landfill is. There was a similar problem with cleaning the Anacostia River in Washington, which of course feeds into the Potomac.

I don't think that a tax on bags is the best approach to reducing this form of pollution, however.

5 posted on 01/21/2012 5:50:04 AM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Morgana

It won’t be long before the complaints start rolling in as the reusable cloth bags take much longer to pack and the lines will get longer. If they think the wait is long now, just wait.


6 posted on 01/21/2012 5:50:53 AM PST by mardi59
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To: GAB-1955

I wouldn’t worry too much about the Oyster fisheries, they are damned near dead now.

The crabs made a slight increase last year, but it pretty much sucks too.


7 posted on 01/21/2012 5:53:29 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Morgana

I live in this G*d forsaken county and yes... it is a pain in the tush for many reasons. Most are convenience but one reason is infuriating. Most people used those plastic bags for other things. Many used them as doggie doo-doo bags, lined their small trash cans with them (I did), or simply returned them to the stores for other uses. I now buy small plastic garbage bags. So, the amount of plastic being used isn’t going down... it is something that we must purchase now. It isn’t just in grocery stores or liquor stores either. It is at the shopping malls (from what I have read and been told). Go to Lake Forest Mall and purchase some clothing... better bring your own bags or you will be charged. Back to school shopping at Walmart... better bring bags. FYI: the local news said that VIRGINIA is considering a twenty cents per bag charge. Stupid is contagious.


8 posted on 01/21/2012 5:53:55 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Morgana

It’s sweeping the nation! *thud*

Clips from the show Portlandia (my new favorite comedy show)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLW0MnqH0r8&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgqf0yX5r4A


9 posted on 01/21/2012 6:00:29 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: mardi59

Thought they did a study and determined that cloth or reuseable bags were actually bad for us as they harbored bacteria. Since we have to pick up dog poop or face a $250 fine, plastic bags have been my preference.


10 posted on 01/21/2012 6:02:34 AM PST by Boomer One
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To: GAB-1955

It’s not entirely wacko.


I don’t think charging 5 cents a bag is going to srop people from littering. What it does is slip another tax in there. No, end.
Besides I thought thats why we pay taxes in the first place?


11 posted on 01/21/2012 6:07:50 AM PST by Leep (Paul/Ventura 2016)
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To: libertarian27
I caught Portlandia once and it was hilarious but I didn't make a note of the time and day. Those are actors from SNL I have watched them for years. They are great!
12 posted on 01/21/2012 6:08:36 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Morgana

Paper or Plastic? Doesn’t matter to me.
I’m bi-sacksual!


13 posted on 01/21/2012 6:14:37 AM PST by stickandrudder (Another Bitter-Clinger! God-Family-Tribe)
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To: stickandrudder
It has nothing to do with the environment. It has all to do with the basic philosophy of DIMocRATs: SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND...SPEND .
14 posted on 01/21/2012 6:35:25 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: stickandrudder

Paper or Plastic? Doesn’t matter to me.
I’m bi-sacksual!/

LOL That was quick thinking!


15 posted on 01/21/2012 6:38:39 AM PST by mardi59
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To: libertarian27

Those Youtube clips are hysterical, Libertarian27! When they put that man into the child safety seat... I almost fell out of my chair laughing. Thanks!


16 posted on 01/21/2012 6:47:50 AM PST by momtothree
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To: musicman
I love articles like this about the "blue" states, they make me think God everyday that I live in a red state, below the Mason-Dixon line.

The sad part is, all of those "blue" states are running people out by the thousands, and they're coming here.
17 posted on 01/21/2012 6:59:21 AM PST by FrankR (When you vote based on race...race is all you get.)
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To: Morgana

Like I noted in the other thread, there are options:


Stay ahead of the game.

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=170094&pid=CSE_Froogle&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=109680

Each time they mention this crap in Texas, I buy 1000 more. I’m at 4000 now and will go up to 10000 if it really becomes law here (something always possible with this governor)...easily enough for the rest of my years.


18 posted on 01/21/2012 7:03:40 AM PST by BobL ("Heartless" and "Inhumane" FReepers for Cain - we've HAD ENOUGH)
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To: GAB-1955

I agree. Once in a great while Europe has a better way to do things than we do. They have been using their BYOB policy for years and I personally think its a good idea. We try to remember to take our cloth bags into the store and most of the time we remember. The plastic bags are so wasteful and they never degrade. I am not an environmental wacko but the bring your own bag thing makes sense to me.


19 posted on 01/21/2012 7:06:30 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Morgana

GET THAT GOVERNMENT JOB YOU’VE ALWAYS DREAMED OF!!!!! APPLY NOW TO BE A GOVERNMENT BAG INSPECTOR!!! Send your resume, along with a blood sample proving you’re related to one of our present employees, and copies of your campaign donation checks to the Democrat party, to P.O. Box 67. ARE YOU A DEMOCRAT? WELL THEN IT’S IN THE BAG!!!!!


20 posted on 01/21/2012 7:24:48 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Morgana

That can get costly when the ding-bat packing your food uses 10 bags when you only needed 5.. I get that all the time... Tax Tax and more TAX...


21 posted on 01/21/2012 7:26:39 AM PST by just me (Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. (John Adams)
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To: Morgana

Here at harvard university, we pride ourselves on looking into the future to determine the educational needs of our students. We see a tremendous future in the world of bags, so we are proud to announce our newest discipline, BAGOLOGY.
Here are some of our courses:

BAG 101 IDENTIFYING BAGS, M-F, PROF JOHNSON - Learn how to differentiate between plastic, paper and cloth bags.

BAG 201 COUNTING BAGS, MWF, PROF OBAMA - Learn which numbers fall after 1.

BAG 301 FINDING THE BEST RESORTS IN THE CARIBBEAN, MWF, PROF BIDEN - All inclusive or pay as you go? Professor Joe shows you the best way to spend the taxpayer’s money for fun in the sun!

BAG 401 HOW TO RAISE THAT TAX EVEN HIGHER, M-F, PROF PELOSI - Prof Pelosi shows you how you can afford that big BMW by simply crying and complaining.


22 posted on 01/21/2012 7:50:53 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Morgana

This whole “Bag Tax” Stuff is Crap.

I have been to the store several times in this new year and I refuse to add to our city’s revenue demands.

Last night I went shopping and probably could have used 3 or 4 bags.

Skip that.

I took the shopping cart and dropped all the food in the car.

I ain’t playing the fascists game.


23 posted on 01/21/2012 8:01:06 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Morgana

Oh! and our tax per bag, paper bags, is .10 cents.

Doesn’t seem like a big deal until you think it through and consider how many bags people need in a day, week and month.

The Fascists make out on this no matter what.

The get revenue for each bag purchased times the number of people shopping. Hell, they are helping the grocery stores create a new revenue stream, like the airlines.

When we don’t purchase bags they can justify that as well. “Why, our ideal situation is to reduce landfill, deforestation, etc.”

Can’t fight city hall with a ridiculous mindset like that.


24 posted on 01/21/2012 8:08:26 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: FrankR

I agree!!

(OBTW, I want to thank you for all your absolutely wonderful inventive and insightful postings you have created and posted on FR!!! Great work!!!)

25 posted on 01/21/2012 8:28:56 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Leep

What I mean is the idea of stopping loose plastic bags from getting into waterways, not the tax. I stated clearly I thought the tax was a bad idea.


26 posted on 01/21/2012 8:30:12 AM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: Morgana
We need to personally tax lawmakers for every new law that they pass.
27 posted on 01/21/2012 8:39:39 AM PST by Joe the Pimpernel
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To: libertarian27

Great stuff...thanks for posting.


28 posted on 01/21/2012 8:40:33 AM PST by Pharmboy (She turned me into a Newt...but I got better.)
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To: Morgana
Find an Aldi's. Buy some bags. 5 cents for paper 10 cents for plastic. Get the plastic ones. They're over sized and durable thick and durable and will last a long time.

I'm still using some from 2 years ago.


29 posted on 01/21/2012 8:52:53 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Morgana

Kill another industry by putting them out of business.


30 posted on 01/21/2012 9:22:02 AM PST by FrdmLvr (culture, language, borders)
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bmfl


31 posted on 01/21/2012 6:59:35 PM PST by Titan Magroyne (What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.)
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