Monday, February 7

A Bag Tax?

San Francisco isn't the only area considering a tax on plastic bags. Zambia, too, has started discussing implementing a bag tax, "in order to encourage the use of traditional wood baskets to help promote the crafts industry in Zambia."

One of the most important commodities in the country is plastic bags. When I lived there, I was asked daily for extra "plasticis."

Introducing this kind of regressive tax on an already desperately poor population might have disappointing consequences.