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This past November, the mayor floated the idea of taxing New Yorkers for plastic bags at grocery stores, partly to help the environment and partly to raise money for the city. Now, the plan has returned, only this time it involves bags from all retailers. Get a plastic bag for your purchases at H&M, say, and you'd owe 5 cents (down from 6 cents in the initial plan.) Bloomberg says his new plan will raise $84 million for the city—$68 million more than just taxing grocery store bags—but we can't imagine many retailers will be fans.
· Shoppers Left Holding the Bag [NYP]
· Plastic bag tax would apply citywide [AMNY]