tax group uses Fenty street
An anti tax group is pointing to a plan by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) to rally opposition to proposals in at least 15 states for a bag tax similar to the one enacted in the District earlier this year.
The Tax Foundation issued a release Wednesday noting Fenty wants to use some of the revenue from the city’s 5 cent bag tax which was promised to go into a newly created Anacostia River Cleanup Fund to pay for street sweeping. The city has been paying for street sweeping for years from the general fund. Now, the Fenty administration argues bag tax revenue can be used because trash asics often washes in the Anacostia River.
Using Fenty as an example, the Tax Foundation is now calling proposals for b asics ag taxes in other states “another gener asics al revenue grab by public officials.”
“Politicians are loath to call anything a tax, so these bag taxes are often incorrectly ca asics lled fees,” said Tax Foundation State Policy Analyst Justin Higginbottom.