Radio campaign begins to stop plastic bag ban, bag tax

Taxpayer Association of Oregon Takes to the Air in Fight Against Painful Grocery Tax
— Statewide Radio Campaign Highlights Attempt by Politicians
To Censor Controversial Tax Proposal

Salem, OR – February 18, 2011 – Today the Taxpayer Association of Oregon, a leading advocate for sensible fiscal policy, released details surrounding a new radio campaign opposing Senate Bill 536, also known as the grocery bag tax. The radio campaign, which will run statewide beginning February 22, focuses on the efforts of the bill’s sponsor to censor public hearings and conceal the true nature of the tax measure.

“At a time when we have double digit unemployment and real problems facing our state, the last thing Oregonians need is a tax on their groceries,” said Jason Williams, founder of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon. “We can’t stand by while our elected officials are taking money that taxpayers would use for food and giving it to big businesses. We will fight this tax to the end.”

Senate Bill 536 seeks to ban plastic bags and charge a nickel for every paper bag used at the checkout. The funds generated from the grocery tax would go directly to the grocers in the private sector. The Cascade Policy Institute and Americans for Tax Reform have joined with the Taxpayer Association of Oregon in opposing the tax, which will lead to greater unemployment in Oregon.

To date, no other state in the nation has passed this type of extreme measure. Legislators have packaged the tax as a misguided environmental measure to combat litter. They are hoping to force shoppers to stop using paper or plastic and begin using expensive reusable bags, many of which are manufactured in China and have been shown to contain harmful levels of lead, prompting inquiry by federal officials.

The text of the radio is included below.

“Disagree” Radio Ad (:60)

Voice Over:

There’s a debate in Oregon over the proposed plastic bag ban…

And the millions in new taxes it calls for.

The bill’s sponsor says banning plastic bags, then charging consumers 5 cents per paper bag isn’t a tax.
Independent groups disagree.

We at the Taxpayer Association of Oregon say it’s exactly that – a tax.

Americans for Tax Reform agrees, estimating the tax will cost Oregon families over $6 million a year.

The Cascade Policy Institute says the new tax will eliminate hundreds of Oregon jobs and result in lower wages.

Oregonians can’t afford more economic pain and higher taxes.

With staggering unemployment, budget shortfalls and struggling schools, Oregon’s legislators need to deal with important issues.

Tell your legislators NO to higher taxes.

NO on Senate Bill 536 – the plastic bag ban.

Tell them to fix Oregon’s real problems.

Paid for by the Taxpayer Association of Oregon.

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  • Bob Clark

    Hope this resistance movement is successful in stopping or seriously weakening the proposed plastic bag ban. Tea Partiers and AFP should focus on replacing Senator Atikinson (R) and Representative Victor Gilliam (R). Get rid of the RINOs. The latter one is more critical as without a Republican vote this ban would have no chance of passing the Oregon House.

    It seems kind of awkard too that instead of putting a reward (like on cans and bottles) for returning plastic bags for recycle; This has no reward component for cleaning litter, and this really is a litter problem (if even this) and not a plastic bag problem. Plastic bags are very convenient, use an otherwise surplus byproduct of natural gas in their manufacture, and take less energy to make than paper bags. If there were a deposit on plastic bags maybe it would be definitely considered a tax, and subject to a two thirds vote in both houses. Maybe plastic bag returns have practical issues like sanitary handling issues. Not sure. Just one more NO CAN DO IN OREGON. The government is here to watch over you.

  • David Appell

    This is not a “tax,” as none of the bag’s cost goes to the government. If opponents can’t even be honest about basic language, how can we trust any of their other claims?

  • Manbag

    I don’t trust anyone anymore about anything including Washington and Salem and all the other fools.
    I do agree with the ban, though, as these plastic bags are killing us all. Plus, in case you people don’t know, oil is used to make them. Oil. Evil. Bad. Wrong.

  • Bbinc

    If this goes through and it’s anything like the deposit on cans and bottles, there is absolutely nothing in the rules that say we are required to charge our customers that deposit. It does say we are required to redeem the empties at their five cent value, but it does not say we have to charge it. We won the argument on that point. If the bag tax is written the same way, then I say ‘grocers unite’ don’t pass it on to your customers, pay it if you must, but it can stop with you.

  • Londonboy

    Bags are evil and people who use them are losers.
    BAG OFF you sods!

  • Eric Charles

    Very good and
    informative article, thanks for this posting..

    Malegra DXT

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