Plastic Bag Tax: Should We Have Taxes on Plastic Shopping Bags? by Mike Prochaska
Do you think a plastic bag tax would encourage people to stop using them?
Plastic shopping bags are one of the most common types of litter. Build ups of huge quantities of plastic bags kill fish and other animals who eat them. Plastic bags disrupt the earth in a serious way. They get into the soil and slowly release toxic chemicals. They eventually break down into the soil with the unfortunate result being that animals eat them and often choke and die.
So, how do you feel about the bag tax? Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants a statewide tax on plastic bags. His proposed state budget includes an estimated $19 to $23 million in new revenue from a tax on plastic bags. Illinois would be the only state in the U.S. to levy a plastic bag tax.
Should Illinois be taxing plastic bags? I personally think a plastic bag tax isn’t a bad idea. I think it would make more people bring their reusable shopping bags to the store and help save the environment. For example, at Aldi you bring your own bags and boxes to take your food home in. In Illinois, Target gives you 5 cents off for every bag you bring in.
What do you think? Is it just government reaching into taxpayer’s pockets again, or do you think it’s a good idea to help the environment? Share your thoughts below!
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