New York Becomes Second State to Ban Plastic Bags

The new evil

The new evil

After weeks of intraparty bickering, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo agreed to a $175 billion budget early Sunday morning, packed with a bevy of progressive programs, including changes to the cash bail system, a new tax on high-end homes and a novel plan to charge motorists to drive into Manhattan's busiest stretches. "You need a viable mass transit system".

Both houses took breaks at around 6:30 p.m., ahead of what was anticipated to be their toughest votes, on a revenue bill weighed down with controversial proposals including criminal-justice reforms and a first-in-the-nation "congestion-pricing" toll plan for Manhattan. All of Hawaii's counties ban plastic bags but it's not a state-mandated ban.

Without the new revenue, Cuomo had warned of the possibility of sharp increases in subway and bus fares.

The impact of California's ban is already being felt by the environment, and with a state as massive as NY banning the bag, the impact will give the earth a much needed reprieve.

"The convenience of plastic bags is simply not worth the environmental impact", said Carl Heastie, D-Yonkers.

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Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause-New York, called the commission "a ploy" and said public financing of campaigns is too complicated an issue to be jammed into a state budget.

Governor Cuomo and Senator Tim Kennedy, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, also announced a $100 million commitment for NFTA Metro Rail upkeep and fix, a five-year capital plan.

"New Yorkers deserve to get it right", she said. Instead, it could be handled in separate legislation worked out over the last three months of the legislative session, scheduled to end June 19.

"Each day marijuana legalization is not passed, someone is arrested, deported, evicted or loses custody of a child because of criminalization", said Kassandra Frederique, state director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

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