New York City’s 5-cent bag fee has been sacked, the NY Post reports. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday signed a bill blocking the city from imposing the fee for at least a year, saying it makes more sense to come up with a program statewide.
“The law was drafted so that merchants keep the five cent fee as profit, instead of the money being used to solve the problem of plastic bags’ environmental impact – essentially amounting to a $100 million per year windfall to merchants,” Cuomo said.
The “bag tax” bill passed the City Council 28-20, only to be blocked by the state legislature. It was scheduled to take effect today. Read more at the NY Post.