Washington State Voters Advise Against New Statewide Bag Tax -- Advisory Vote 32

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Posted by John Kartch on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020, 1:11 AM PERMALINK

Washington voters have advised the state to "repeal," in Advisory Vote 32, a recently enacted bill that will soon impose a new statewide bag tax.

According to David Hendricks of ATR:

"Advisory Votes in Washington are non-binding measures that give taxpayers the chance to share their opinions about recently enacted tax laws. However, they do not guarantee any actions will be taken.

AV 32 has shown how the public feels about Senate Bill 5323, a new law that, on January 1, 2021, would force retailers to collect a “pass-through charge” of 8-cents per bag for recycled paper and reusable film plastic carryout bags. On January 1, 2026, that tax will increase to 12 cents per bag for film plastic bags. SB 5323 also bans retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags."

Photo Credit: Bari Bookout

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