This week’s topic on incentives got me thinking about plastic bags…that’s right plastic bags.
The Fairbanks Borough has just passed a new law that would tax individuals 5 cents for not bringing their reusable bags when making purchases at larger stores in Fairbanks (Fred Myer, Wal-Mart, Safeway etc.). The revenue then generated would then fund what scant recycling programs we have in
How will people react? This is definitely something I want to track. I was talking to my boss about this new bag tax and he said that he thought it was a good thing. In is family his wife usually remembers to bring their reusable bags to the store, but he forgets. He said “Now I’ll remember to take the reusable bags with me.” On the flip side of the coin, 5 cents now days is a really insignificant amount in comparison to the total cost of groceries most people may not even notice or care about the charge. Also since it’s a flat tax of 5 cents the more stuff you buy and the more bags you use the cheaper your cost is (So the kings and queens of cheapness the economists will use 3x as many bags JK).
When I went to
It is interesting how Whitman simply states that the slavery problem was induced by a focus on freeing people bound in Slavery and not on the capture of more slaves. When there are loop holes in the system people find them, as mentioned in Robert’s when he talked about how bread producers in Chile decided to shrink a loafs of bread to get a price closer to market price. Could there be such problems from this new bag tax?...this something to think about.