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thebigmuffaletta
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Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
to pay for housing

The bill, if passed, would refer a measure onto the ballot to ask Colorado voters to approve a tax on plastic bags from the supermarket. The tax would be a quarter, the same amount whether the customer at the checkout counter uses one bag or several. The proceeds would go to grants and loans to local governments and building contractors to build or retain affordable housing in Colorado.
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upgrayedd
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
So what happens when people stop using plastic bags?


SDVTiger
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
Cali already does this its 10cents a bag


HempHead
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
why don't they just build hobo camps out of the bags?


Frac the world
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
Colorado loves some taxes, I’m bouncing up to Wyoming soon to escape the Californication of this state.


goatmilker
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
The timber industry sure is sneaky these days


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thebigmuffaletta
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
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So what happens when people stop using plastic bags?


Liberals propose another tax?


upgrayedd
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
The funny part is that taxes like these all inevitably impact the poor at a higher rate than everyone else but we're always told that taxing the poor is literally Hitler


Jimbeaux
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
I use the heck out of plastic bags. It troubles me the extent that they clutter the world with their presence, but I like them. I reuse about 50% of them.

I don’t like connecting the bag tax to affordable housing. It should be used for waste conservation measures. Otherwise, I’m okay with it.


BlackHelicopterPilot
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
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The tax would be a quarter, the same amount whether the customer at the checkout counter uses one bag or several.


Side effect: "If I am PAYING the same amount...I want each item in its own bag" - MORE plastic bags are used


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The proceeds would go to grants and loans to local governments and building contractors to build or retain affordable housing in Colorado.


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“No matter where I go or who I talk to, the sky-high cost of housing is the number one concern that I hear,” Rosenthal said in a statement.



Yep...Gov subsidizing of a thing will surely DECREASE the price of the thing...right?





frick that, frick them


Blizzard of Chizz
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
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The proceeds would go to grants and loans to local governments and building contractors to build or retain affordable housing in Colorado.


23 cents out of every quarter would be wasted and never make it to its intended use. They’ll be asking for another 25 cent raise in less than a decade.


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mauser
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
If it was used to pay for roadside litter removal, I would be okay with it. Good way to help get healthy deadbeats off of welfare.


HempHead
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
You know what helps with affordable housing that doesn't require thievery? Simplified zoning and permit laws. Now, I'm not familiar with the laws in CO in this regard, but I'm willing to bet that a lot of places have ordinances against very simple, cheap housing like a tiny house.


upgrayedd
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
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Liberals propose another tax?


It's just funny that they create these taxes to force people to not consume these products then tie the revenue generation to something like housing or child healthcare.


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TigerMyth36
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
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Yep...Gov subsidizing of a thing will surely DECREASE the price of the thing...right?


Yup. Not like section 8 housing gives apartment complexes the ability to keep jacking rates up up and away!


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HailHailtoMichigan!
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
I took a urban economics class while an undergrand and the professor had us learn a model that treated homelessness as an economic decision. I.e. people live on street because the cost of housing is less to them than cost of being homeless

He said time and time again that the single biggest thing our govt can do to make homelessness less prevalent is to make SRO (single room occupancy) housing legal

It is currently illegal for home builders to make sro housing


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AbuTheMonkey
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
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I don’t like connecting the bag tax to affordable housing. It should be used for waste conservation measures. Otherwise, I’m okay with it.


Ditto - I don't mind it (and we have a 7 cent bag tax on every bag here in Chicago), but use the funds for local conservation, not to build housing.

I have about five bags of various sorts (Nike, local grocery store, etc.) in the back of the car, and I just use those as needed. It's not a big deal, and it's the sort of environmentalism I can get behind.


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IllegalPete
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
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I’m bouncing up to Wyoming soon


No state income tax. Beautiful landscapes and outdoor activities. Small town, rancher vibe. Short flights/drives to FtC, Denver, SLC, ID, MT depending on which part of the state you are in. Strong O&G and coal industries (for the next 5-10 years at least).

WY is on my short list as well.

Cheyenne vs Casper seem to be the 2 "big" cities, lots of smaller options like Jackson, Gillette, Rock Springs, Buffalo, Sheridan, Cody, Pinedale/Lander, etc.

Any recs on where to live?

(this may be better suited to a new thread)


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navy
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
All those dope smokers need a cheap, subsidized place to live now ... so, the working non-cheeches need to fork out.


HempHead
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re: Colorado lawmaker proposes 25 cent plastic bag tax
dude all we need to do is build houses out of hempcrete and then when they start getting withdrawals they can just smoke the house


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