2014-03-03 – Cal Watchdog – Paper, plastic or unemployment - the bag ban's unintended consequences mean bad news for private sector jobs. More »
2014-02-18 – Providence Journal – I completely agree with Mr. Clarendon that plastic bags, or any other solid matter such as tires, bottles, etc., do not belong in our estuaries or ocean waters. But I do think that this problem is solved not by bans on products but by proper disposal, recycling and education. More »
– The Baltimore Sun – The proposed 10-cent bag fee that the Baltimore City Council will vote on next week is a bad idea ("City may impose 10-cent bag fee," Jan. 22). Giving merchants a 3-cents-per-bag cut in the new revenue is an even worse idea.
2014-01-22 – Investor’s Business Daily – Whether you spent the last month shopping for presents or stocking up on groceries, ask yourself one question: "How did I get all of those purchases home?" For the vast majority of people, the answer is plastic bags. More »
2014-01-13 – The Daily Breeze – I’m all for saving whales and other marine life, but I wonder if this ban on plastic bags from the grocers is going to be the answer? More »
2014-01-09 – The Weekly Standard – Back in the 1980s I spent one afternoon working for Ralph Nader and wound up with bite marks all over my bum. The memory returned a couple nights ago when a college kid came to the door, shaking the cup for some charity. He’d memorized a spiel about dioxins and microfluids and picoliters. He must have noticed my look of dead-eyed boredom, because he stopped mid-sentence and said, “We’re responsible for the D.C. bag law.” “I hate the bag law,” I said. More »
2014-01-03 – Huntington Beach Independent – It's about time.The bag ban/tax not only violates the freedoms of Huntington Beach merchants and consumers, it also takes away something that until now was included in the cost of our purchases.Without the "free" bag, we now pay the same but get less for our money, and we must also buy whatever bags we want. Not exactly what most residents need right now. More »
– Pittsburgh Tribune-Review – Legislators in Harrisburg are considering a proposal from state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Wayne, that would make Pennsylvania the first state to impose a statewide tax on the use of plastic bags. Eight other states — Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington — are considering similar plastic bag taxes.
2013-12-16 – San Francisco Chronicle – For five years, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, has been pushing a bill to ban grocery stores and other large retailers from giving away single-use plastic bags. In May, he came close; his SB405 fell three votes short of the 21 needed to pass in the Senate. On Thursday, Padilla announced that he will try again in January. More »
2013-12-13 – Los Angeles Daily News – The human impact of a statewide plastic bag ban in California is real. One needs to look no further than my employees to see what the negative implications would be. If passed, the dedicated 300-person team at Crown Poly in Huntington Park would struggle, as jobs would certainly be lost. More »
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