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Bag Tax Advocates Warn Of Changes

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By Peter Granitz

In a few weeks a "bag tax" will go into effect in D.C., and even those who support paying more to help clean up the Anacostia say it'll be an adjustment.

Whether it's paper or plastic, every bag will cost you a nickel. Jim Connolly heads the Anacostia Watershed Society, one of the groups handing out out free, reusable bags in Congress Heights.

He says these bags offer a free alternative, but shoppers will still need to adjust. "Just remembering to bring your reusable bags into the store is going to be a hurdle for a lot of us," says Connolly. "But it'll happen."

"It's just like when the seat belt law came into effect, it took us all a while to learn how to do it, but now it's automatic."

Connolly says his group wants to enact a similar tax in Maryland more than eighty percent of the Anacostia River flows there.

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