Plastic Bag Ban Could be Included in NYS Budget

It appears likely a ban on plastic shopping bags will be included in the state budget.

It's still not clear if the ban will also include a fee for paper shopping bags. Critics of the fee proposal say it amounts to a regressive tax on the poor.

There are still other sticking points in the budget negotiations, including legalization of marijuana, making permanent the cap on property tax increases, and a proposed tax on high-priced second homes in Manhattan.

The new budget must be approved by Monday.

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