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I’m sympathetic to the “fewer plastic bags” goal of this petition, but am a bit puzzled that people keep wanting to ban things instead of just taxing them.

With a tax on plastic bags, or sugary drinks, you can reduce the undesirable behavior and you raise some money.

The 5 cent plastic bag tax in DC seems to have worked out great, but doesn’t raise a ton of money. Still, if you raise more tax revenue from stuff you want less of, you can reduce some taxes on stuff you want more of, like work and property investment.

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