This film scene just became $0.05 more expensive to reproduce
Today the DC Council approved the $0.05 tax on plastic bags. File this under the "great ideas in theory, but wait a minute..."
I'm not going to address things such as how this is a regressive tax that hurts lower income people. Any flat-rate tax is regressive, and will hurt lower income people. This is true, whether an economist says it, or someone with the American Chemical Society (absolutely no conflict of interest there) says it.
How about enforcement of this? None of the news articles I've seen talk about how this tax will work. WTOP's report is of a tax on bags "leaving" stores. Is the store charged for every bag it purchases and then it must pass that tax along to customers? How will it work? Couldn't one store eat the $0.05 tax in an attempt to get more customers and not pass the tax along?
What about self-checkouts?
What about plastic bags for fruit or meat?
Why not just ban the bags all together?
Why not just not bother.