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Paper or plastic?
Paper or plastic?
In an eco-friendly step to bring in some extra revenue, West Virginia may impose a 5-cent tax on plastic shopping bags.

The tax would make it more expensive for stores to let customers bag their groceries in plastic rather than paper and is estimated to raise about $23 million per year.

"Plastic bags harm the environment a whole lot more than paper bags," said John Doyle, a state delegate and lead sponsor of the bill. "I think if we tax plastic bags, what will happen is that most people will just want paper, and a paper bag's not going to smother a turtle."

While the bill didn't pass in this year's legislative session, Doyle said if he is re-elected, he'll introduce the same bill at the beginning of next year.

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