Statement From American Chemistry Council: Stop the $1 Billion Bag Tax

Jun 01, 2010, 17:30 ET from American Chemistry Council

SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Tim Shestek, Senior Director of the American Chemistry Council, issued the following statement on Assembly Bill 1998 (Brownley):

"The last thing California consumers need right now is to have what amounts to a $1 billion tax added to their grocery bills – but that's what this legislation does. At a time when our state is struggling with cuts to schools, police service and health care, it's astounding to think the Legislature is seriously considering creating a new $1 million bureaucracy to monitor how people choose to pack their groceries – and putting 500 good-paying California jobs at risk in the process."

"Across California, millions of bags and other product wraps are being recycled, thanks to the state's partnerships with producers and retailers – important work that would stop and would actually result in more waste going to landfills if this bill is enacted. We're urging lawmakers to rethink their priorities – and defeat Assembly Bill 1998."

SOURCE American Chemistry Council