In an apparent landslide, voters in Seattle are rejecting a 20-cent-per-bag tax on plastic and paper grocery bags today. The Seattle Times took a look at the early returns and pronounced that the referendum and pronounced that it "was being resoundingly defeated." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer noted that as of 8:20 p.m. local time, the "no" votes were leading 58 percent to 42 percent. The PI report also quotes pollster Stuart Elway saying that "Seattleites certainly have demonstrated a willingness to raise their own taxes for a variety of programs they deemed worthy. Plus, Seattle and the Northwest people generally want to do their part to help save the environment. So I think the question is whether voters think this measure is really going to do enough to help solve a real problem vs. the amount and impact of this tax." Looks like a victory for the American Chemistry Council and its Progressive Bag Affiliates group, which lobbied hard against the bag tax.
Voters rejecting Seattle bag tax
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