Certain to make the fodder for late night comedians and as a possible boost for the bidet industry, the Omaha World-Herald reports that believe it or not, Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle has launched a campaign to push for a new form of “sin” tax—a federal tax of ten cents for every roll of toilet paper in order to fund federally mandated sewer projects across the United States. Does anyone also actually believe that this would be limited to 10 cents per roll?
Mayor Jim Suttle went to Washington Tuesday flush with ideas for how federal officials could help cities like Omaha pay for multibillion-dollar sewer projects.
Among the items on his brainstorming list: a proposal for a 10-cent federal tax on every roll of toilet paper you buy.
Based on the four-pack price for Charmin double rolls Tuesday at a midtown Hy-Vee, such a tax would add more than 10 percent to the per-roll price, pushing it over a buck.
The idea came from a failed 2009 House measure by an Oregon congressman to help cities and the environment.
“I heard about it and said, ‘Well, this is simple. Let’s put it on the table,’” said Suttle. “It doesn’t mean I endorse it.”
The mayor says Omaha needs help with the metro area’s $1.7 billion bill for federally mandated sewer improvements. The work must be done by 2024. . . .