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CT lawmaker proposes ban on plastic bags
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Posted on 02/10/2014 4:45:34 PM PST by matt04

One state lawmaker is now hoping more people will make the switch to cloth bags, and is calling for a tax on plastic bags.

Imagine not having a ball of plastic bags in a drawer somewhere in your house. Soon, in our state, asking for a plastic bag may cost you more money.

That's what environmentalists are hoping for - a ban on plastic bags in Connecticut.

Close to 100 cities and counties across the country have already done it, the biggest city being Los Angeles. People in those cities told various news outlets that the ban is working fine.

State Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford) proposed this ban in 2011. This time he said he hopes more people are familiar with the idea and it will become a law.

Meyer's ban would put a 5-cent fee on any plastic bags that someone gets from a store.

"I want to encourage people to use cloth bags, which many stores are doing," Meyer said.

He added that he encourages cloth over paper bags because they are more biodegradable.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: environmentalism; hartford
Taxanetticut. This tax will hurt lower income people the most, yet they will continue to vote for Dems.
1 posted on 02/10/2014 4:45:34 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

How about a ban on Plastique Politicos?


2 posted on 02/10/2014 4:47:16 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: matt04

My wife retires in 3.5 years. We’re moving to Texas. We can’t wait


3 posted on 02/10/2014 4:47:42 PM PST by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: matt04
yet they will continue to vote for Dems.

..because within months, the RATS will vote on a cloth bag allowance of $22.75 per month added to their welfare account

4 posted on 02/10/2014 4:51:09 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: matt04

The Seattlunatics voted in the same madness. They hate it but are now powerless to undo it. I rarely descend into the pit so (at least for now) I’m only mildly concerned.


5 posted on 02/10/2014 4:51:34 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: matt04

Let me guess. The politician that proposed the legislation owns a stake in the company that manufactures the cloth sacks?


6 posted on 02/10/2014 4:52:40 PM PST by jsanders2001
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To: matt04

Not too many years ago Connecticut did not have a state income tax and the citizens were 47th in state taxes. Once the got an income tax they went from 47th to 4th most heavily taxed state in the nation.


7 posted on 02/10/2014 4:56:53 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: rockrr

Welcome to CT, home of the highest gas taxes, deposits on every bottle and can sold, every bag used, highest electric rate in the continental US and more! Move you business here today!

*crickets*


8 posted on 02/10/2014 4:57:45 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

What the do-gooders won’t tell you, is that cloth bags are a bacteria and virus-breeding paradise.


9 posted on 02/10/2014 4:58:03 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Supposed to be a “temporary” income tax IIRC.


10 posted on 02/10/2014 4:58:44 PM PST by matt04
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To: rockrr

I would ask for paper bags.


11 posted on 02/10/2014 5:02:49 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: matt04

Only tax cuts are temporary. Tax increases are ALWAYS permanent.


12 posted on 02/10/2014 5:03:45 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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13 posted on 02/10/2014 5:04:13 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: matt04
I got it!!!!

Maybe somebody should come up with a type of bag that is not only 100% bio-degradable, but clean, inexpensive, reusable, creates American jobs and comes from a 100% renewable natural resource.

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14 posted on 02/10/2014 5:10:47 PM PST by digger48
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They charge a tax on paper bags. They want you to use the cloth bags - you know - the ones that fill with bacteria.


15 posted on 02/10/2014 5:12:36 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: digger48

Can I put my daily work lunch, line my bathroom garbage can, or put used kitty litter in a paper bag?


16 posted on 02/10/2014 5:16:12 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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I cringe at the check out when the customer ahead of me has cloth bags.
I know of someone who picked up a stray dog one day and came by to show him to us. He was in the back seat lying (?)on her cloth shopping bags. Huge patches of missing hair and later vet diagnosed mange.


17 posted on 02/10/2014 5:23:48 PM PST by GrayNo
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To: matt04
"I want to encourage people to use cloth bags, which many stores are doing," Meyer said.

Connecticut State Sen. Ed Meyer (D-Guilford), I'd like to encourage you to move to North Korea where your kind of Communist would be welcome.

Meyer is the poster child for "pathological altruism" - idiots who take a brief time out from self-righteously patting themselves on the back to inflict pain on everyone else, for no good reason or benefit to the public.

There's a reason why physicians should "first, do no harm". Wouldn't it be great if government idiots and busybodies such as Ed Meyer would apply that caution to lawmaking?

18 posted on 02/10/2014 5:32:37 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: rockrr
I rarely descend into the pit so (at least for now) I’m only mildly concerned.

When you do visit the sewer you should be sure to toss a few tax free bags out of your car window.

19 posted on 02/10/2014 5:38:36 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

That’s what I use them for, too, except I’m retired so no more lunch sacks needed. They’re great for policing up the dog’s little presents, tho’. Cloth bags are just nasty.


20 posted on 02/10/2014 5:43:01 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: matt04

21 posted on 02/10/2014 5:45:50 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: matt04

Why are they doing this? Because you can’t suffocate a politician with a paper bag or a cloth sack.


22 posted on 02/10/2014 5:47:43 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Paper bags come with a fee in Seattle. Plastic bags are banned outright( except small bags for drippy meat or produce.) EBT is exempt.


23 posted on 02/10/2014 6:12:27 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: All

I’ve been voluntarily using cloth bags off and on for 25 years and haven’t gotten sick from a food borne illness that could be traced to that. The key word is voluntary, though. If I have too many plastic and paper bags accumulated in the drawers and cupboards, I start taking my own. When I start needing them again for garbage or whatever, I stop taking my own. No bag ban in Everett, though there have been noises about a statewide one.


24 posted on 02/10/2014 6:18:45 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Just returned from Santa Cruz Ca. Paper bag cost ten cents. It was raining so I paid cause I didn’t want things to get soaked. They smoke weed in every single store, but you can’t get a stupid bag without paying for it. Insanity.


25 posted on 02/10/2014 6:19:00 PM PST by Semperfiwife (Drop and give me twenty-healthier for you than Obama-don't-care)
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To: matt04
Plastic bags? Where's the ban on incandescent lamps and sugary soft drinks? Oh wait...
26 posted on 02/10/2014 6:30:58 PM PST by Desron13
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Our Target here offers NO bags.

The plastic is illegal, but the paper is not. Yet Target is not offering the paper like other stores. You must bring your own.

27 posted on 02/10/2014 6:54:57 PM PST by what's up
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To: matt04

What happened to, “If you don’t like_____don’t do______?”. Isn’t that what liberals have been preaching about everything since Roe v. Wade?


28 posted on 02/10/2014 7:03:02 PM PST by Phillyred
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To: matt04

Idiots. Just require that the recycling companies add proper equipment to handle the bags.

I live in Grapevine TX. Our garbage pickup is handled by Allied Waste/Republic Services. In the Fall of 2013, they ADDED the plastic grocery bags as acceptable items for recycling. They added a film recovery process at their North Texas Recycling Center in Forth Worth.


29 posted on 02/10/2014 10:58:58 PM PST by octex
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