Last week, Denver City Councilwoman Debbie Ortega, Denver’s City Councilwoman-at-Large, perhaps revealed a bit too much during a discussion of Denver’s proposed five-cent bag
fee tax on plastic grocery bags.
Here’s what Ortega actually said about the bag tax:
“My focus on doing this ordinance has never been about raising money, but rather to affect the behavior of consumers by reducing the consumption of single use bags.”
Here’s the video from Revealing Politics:
That’s not creepy at all (sarcasm). While her statement is bizarre enough to freedom-loving Denverites, it ought to cause concern among all Coloradans as well. Denver is far from the the only locale in Colorado to attempt to pass a plastic bag tax, or outlaw plastic bags altogether.
According to BagtheBan.com, Breckenridge, Boulder, Carbondale, and Aspen have all implemented similar tax schemes on plastic and/or paper bag use. Mountain Village and Telluride have gone so far as to ban the use of plastic bags entirely. The following cities also are considering bans and taxes on plastic bags: Fraser, Durango, Fort Collins, and Steamboat Springs.
While there is question whether this “fee” is actually a “tax” and, thus, must go before voters, really, doesn’t Colorado have larger issues to tackle than plastic bags?