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Rep. Jim Moran Featured Twice in New "Taypayer's Tab"

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia), who represents Arlington and nearby sections of Northern Virginia, is featured twice in the April 25, 2013 edition (Volume 4, Issue 15) of the National Taxpayers Union Foundation's The Taxpayer's Tab.

Rep. Moran's bill, H.R. 1686, the Trash Reduction Act of2013, was listed as the "most expensive bill of the week" with an annualized first year cost of $4.08 billion. According to the Taxpayer's Tab newsletter:

"On April 23, one day after Earth Day, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) re-introduced H.R. 1686, the Trash Reduction Act of 2013. The bill would impose a five-cent tax on every paper or plastic disposable bag that retailers issue to consumers. Businesses would be solely responsible to collect the fee. Some bags would be exempt from the tax, including reusable bags and those used for garbage or pet waste disposal.

"Tax dollars would go to a new Land and Water Conservation Fund. Eighty percent of the taxes collected would be directed into the Fund and used to finance various conservation programs and construction of outdoor recreation areas. A new nonrefundable tax credit payment to retailers who participate in bag recycling programs would make up the remaining twenty percent of revenues.

"Representative Moran said that he modeled the legislation after existing "bag tax" programs in Washington, D.C., which neighbors his own District. On the bill's introduction, he said "[t]his small disposable bag charge helps people understand that paper and plastic bags are not without cost. They impact the environment, support foreign dictators, and make Everest's of trash. Our bill begins to shift America away from its current disposable culture back to a simpler time when Americans understood the value of reusing what they bought."

"According to Moran's office, Americans used over 102 billion plastic bags in 2009. Based on that data, NTUF estimates that the 5 cent tax could generate up to $4.08 billion in its first Fiscal Year to be spent on Land and Water Conservation Fund programs (tax revenues  and non-refundable credits are not counted under BillTally rules). It is unclear whether there would be significant administrative costs associated with the legislation. It is also unclear to what degree consumers would seek to avoid the new tax."

More information is available at WashingtonWatch.com. To date, the bill has three co-sponsors.

Rep. Moran was also featured in the "wildcard" category for his bill, H.R. 1195, International Conservation Corps Act of 2013, which has annualized savings of $10 million.

To contact Rep. Jim Moran:

  • Representative Jim Moran (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376

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