There's nothing new about governments trying to use tax as behavior modification. They've been doing it forever. Now the behavior being targeted in some areas of the country is the choice at the grocery store of "paper or plastic."
New legislation authorizing the states to collect sales tax from companies peddling their wares online breezed through the Senate on May 6 by a wide 69-27 margin. But the Marketplace Fairness Act is expected to face much tougher opposition in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.