DC bag tax and the Wall Street Journal (corrected)
When DC's shopping bag tax went into effect earlier in the year, the Wall Street Journal was one of many media outlets that piled on to the story, with this article, "Washington D.C.'s Bag Tax Frustrates Many Store Owners," stating that the bag tax, a 5 cent charge for establishments selling foodstuffs, was a problem.
To the newspaper's credit, it published a follow up story a couple weeks ago stating that the bag tax isn't really a problem, and that it is having a significant positive impact on reductions in the use of disposable bags. See "Capital Adjusts to Tax on Disposable Bags." This is pretty rare for a newspaper and it's a good thing to see.
Separately, the Alice Ferguson Foundation found a reduction in litter in their annual cleanup of the Potomac River. See "Progress, but not perfection, on the Potomac" from the Washington Post.
A campaign to enact a statewide disposable bag tax failed in the last Maryland State legislative session, but environmental advocates continue to push the idea forward.
-- Trash Free Maryland