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Senator George Runner, writing at Flashreport.org, makes a strong argument about the effect of tax increases:

While I don’t agree with Democrat Assemblyman Lloyd Levine’s proposal to create a 25 cent fee on plastic grocery bags, I do agree with a statement he made recently saying that charging such a fee will change consumer behavior.

Nobody wants to pay another buck or two for a plastic bag fee on top of an expensive grocery bill. Naturally, consumers will sidestep the fee by bringing reusable bags on grocery shopping trips.

Applying the same principle, consumers will find a way to avoid any tax or fee thrown their way – something Republicans have been saying for years. Consumers will either buy less or avoid the taxed item altogether, which harms businesses and eventually the economy.

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