October 30, 2015

Bag fee could now be 5 cents - Paul Vallone’s name comes off the bill

After previous failed attempts at a New York City plastic bag tax, Councilmembers Brad Lander (D-Brooklyn) and Margaret Chin (D-Manhattan) have renewed their misguided efforts with a new bill. Unlike previous bills, plastic bags will be tax 5 cents, rather than 10 cents. Despite the change, a previous supporter of the bill, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), pulled his name as a co-sponsor. Vallone stated, "In the months since its introduction, we had hoped to see some amendments or compromises made to the bill to address some of the concerns. To date, this hasn’t happened so I cannot continue to support this bill in its current form and have taken my name off of it."

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