Law make wants to expand the plastic bag ban Apr 5, 2019 8:19:17 GMT -5
Post by Clipper on Apr 5, 2019 8:19:17 GMT -5
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state lawmaker wants to expand New York's plastic bag ban to include the sacks used for restaurant take-out and leftovers.
Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, D-Albany, announced legislation Thursday that would eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single-use shopping bags beginning next March.
She says restaurants provide too many plastic bags to be left out of the law.
Lawmakers passed the bag ban earlier this week as part of a new state budget. Under the new law, local counties can also impose a 5-cent fee on paper bags. The county could keep a portion of the proceeds, with the rest going to state environmental programs.
Fahy announced a second bill Thursday that would allow businesses to keep a portion of the fee on paper bags in counties that approve a fee.
Many states are contemplating a plastic bag ban but leave it to Cuomo and NY state to make sure that it is not only and inconvenience, but also another tax or fee to pay to Herr Cuomo and his cohorts in Albany. If I am reading this article correctly, a merchant will pay a supplier for the paper bags, just as they do now with both plastic and paper bags. Am I correct to assume that allowing the counties to impose a county tax on the bags will result in the only a portion of the monies collected going to the county? How very generous it would be for them to actually allow the business that paid for the bag to begin with to recover some of that cost through a share of the revenues collected by the county and shared with the state.
Only in Cuomo's NY will just one more fee be extracted from your pockets. Along with the fees that are going to be collected from people that enter or drive in lower Manhattan, through another raise in the tolls on the bridges and tunnels, they have found yet another way to drive people away from not only NYC, but also drive more and more people to opt out of living in, doing business in, or retiring in New York state. I wonder who will be the one that turns the lights out when the last taxpaying citizen has left NY for greener pastures and a state with reasonable tax rates and a state government that has less corruption and a governor that doesn't lean toward such a socialist like and liberal agenda.
They are taking an environmental concern and a remedy for said concern, and making it all about the money that can go to pay for Cuomo's raise, free tuition, and social program benefits for illegal aliens, and other non-taxpaying residents. God forbid that Albany should pass a law that DOESN'T result in money in the government coffers, and out of your pocket.
Tennessee is contemplating a law to prevent a plastic bag ban from going into effect in the state, and to prevent municipalities from imposing such a ban. www.newschannel5.com/news/tennessee-lawmakers-look-to-prevent-ban-of-plastic-bags
I actually would not mind using paper instead of plastic, but I DO mind paying extra for the paper bag if it is just replacing the plastic bag that we now get at no charge. Kroger is contemplating elimination of plastic from all it's stores. I shop at Kroger's often. It happens to be on the Virginia side of town, where I would have to pay for the paper bags. I guess it will be goodbye Kroger and hello Food City who has two stores within 15 minutes of our house. Not only will I be avoiding the bag fee, I will be supporting a locally based business rather than a national conglomerate. I ask for paper bags for SOME of our groceries already, and I use reusable cloth bags sometimes, and shop at Aldi's quite often where I HAVE to use my own reusable bags. Going to all paper would not negatively impact us, and would help the environment, but to impose fees on the bags rather than to just do away with the plastic is IS an imposition and uncalled for. At least paper bags are biodegradable even if they are not recycled.