I see that the Dallas Morning News has published an editorial favoring a tax on plastic bags. The editorial supports a proposal by Dallas state repesentative Rafael Anchía to place a 7 cent tax on plastic bags. Here's an excerpt_
A tax on plastic might seem onerous if the alternatives weren't so readily available. Paper is an easy option. But clearly, the best choice is BYOB (bring your own bag). Prius drivers determined to save the planet no longer have the market cornered on reusable bags. Biodegradable and reusable are all the rage. Even newspapers, including this one, are making the shift to biodegradable bags. Sure, Texans could do this on their own, and many already have. But Anchía's bill would speed the transition, quickly raising consciousness about this plastic poison – the bags that will outlive us all. Perhaps paying 7 cents will compel consumers to use common sense at the check-out by taking a pass on the plastic.Any readers in Texas -- are grocery stores there collecting plastic bags for recycling? And are you surprised that the legislature is considering a tax on plastic bags -- and that the Dallas paper supports the idea?