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New Jersey lawmakers should sack that ban on bags

January 9, 2020

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban plastic and paper bags statewide. According to one opinion columnist, this ban should be “sacked.”

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Stores, not government, should decide on bag tax fees

September 23, 2019

Woodstock, Illinois just passed a 10-cent plastic bag tax. According to a Northwest Herald editorial, “when government mandates the tax and collects most of the revenue…it seems more like a cash grab.”

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Anchorage’s plastic bag ban is bad for consumers, businesses

September 20, 2019

Despite good intentions, bans on single-use plastic bags are largely ineffective, punish small businesses, and restrict consumer choice. Anchorage’s ban is no different.

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The Problems with Plastic Bag Bans: A Policy Brief

September 13, 2019

Several Alaskan cities have already instituted single-use plastic bag bans, and more are considering legislation to regulate the use of plastic bags. But are these policies effective?

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Jackson Hole’s attempt to cut pollution has fueled widespread theft of handheld baskets

September 4, 2019

Plastic bag bans often have a myriad of unintended consequences.

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When it comes to plastic bags, education and incentives may work better than a ban.

August 5, 2019

Plastic bag bans often don’t address the fact that alternatives are worse for the environment.

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Store owners: State plastic bag ban leading to increase in shoplifting

July 9, 2019

California’s nearly 3-year-old ban on single-use plastic bags may be having an unintended impact: a spike in shoplifting.

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Why banning plastic bags doesn’t work as intended

June 24, 2019

As well-intentioned bans on plastic shopping bags roll out across the United States, there’s an unintended consequence that policy makers should take into account

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Throw away the plastic bag ban

May 16, 2019

The Omaha World-Herald recently published an opinion column on Omaha’s proposed plastic bag ban. The author is an instructor of economics at the Heider College of Business at Creighton University.

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The Problem With Banning Plastic Bags

May 8, 2019

For decades, plastic bags have been staples at grocery stores. A growing number of cities and counties have passed laws that ban or tax plastic bags in the past ten years. But are these bans helpful to the environment?

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