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Using Plastic Could Cost You in Virginia



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    One Virginia lawmaker has seen D.C.'s nickel, and raised it by 15 cents.

    Using a plastic bag in Virginia could cost residents 20 cents, if Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey gets his way.

    The Virginia legislature's 2011 General Assembly will being January 12, when incoming lawmakers will get a chance to introduce a slew of new laws.

    Morrissey might have chosen to up the ante on the bag tax based on the underwhelming revenues Washington D.C. has seen with it's nickel-a-bag tax.

    City officials had projected $3.5 million in additional annual revenues from the fee.  But the number of consumers willing to change their habits and bring their own bags caught them by surprise.

    One year later, D.C. has collected barely half of the expected sum.