Bill Would Ban NYC From Taxing Plastic Bags

NEW YORK -

New York City would be banned from taxing plastic bags under legislation proposed in the state Senate.

The bill proposed by Sen. Simcha Felder, who chairs the Cities committee that oversees the state’s municipalities, would prevent New York City from collecting a tax from retailers or their customers whenever plastic bags are used for purchases.

Only the state may impose taxes. Felder is accusing City Council sponsors of a bill to add a 10-cent fee for plastic bags of attempting to circumvent the state’s authority.

“New York families do not need another regressive tax,” said Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat.

“Nickel and diming people — asking them to pay for paper and plastic bags at retail and grocery stores — places an undue financial burden on countless New Yorkers who are already struggling.”