Opposition to ‘Bag Ban Bill’ AB 1998 Increasing
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ Opposition to AB 1998, the so called “bag ban” bill, is increasing every day across California. As several recent op eds show, Californians want their legislators to start addressing the real problems California is facing high unemployment, staggering debt, and rapidly vanishing social programs.
Rev. Amos Brown, Senior Pastor of the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco, penned an op ed in the July 21st edition of the Oakland Post, summing up the impact of AB 1998: “a tax on working class families who can least afford it, destroying jobs when we need more jobs, and no environmental benefit. In this hour of crisis, let our lawmakers focus on the needs of the people. Stop wasting time on nonsense. In my opinion they have more important business to attend to, like focusing on the state’s budget crisis, the poor rankings of our schools, the high unemployment rate in our state, and the list goes on.”
Gloria Allen of the Stockton chapter of the NAACP, Stockton Unified School District trustee and California Coalition of Black School Board Members pointed out in the July 23rd issue of the Tracy Press, “We can adidas flux all solve the ‘paper vs. plastic’ questions by just taking the time to recycle our bags. We don’t need a new law or a new state bureaucracy to do what is right. Now, maybe our elected officials can get on with solving the major issues facing our state.”
On July 27th, Peter Foy of Capitol Weekly noted, “Instead of introducing 5,000 new laws and debating inane policies like banning certain g adidas flux rocery bags, legislators should demonstrate their commitment to making California the Golden State once again. That means setting aside frivolous distractions that don’t directly address the state’s budget, bringing businesses and jobs back to the state, and easing the tax burden on hardworking taxpayers.”
In the July 29th edition of the San Diego Voice Viewpoint, San Diego’s top African American weekly paper, the publication ran an editorial arguing that AB 1998 will “will harm communities all across California, Including African American communities. Simply put, this [legislation levies] a tax that will most impact those who can least afford it. And who will benefit from this tax? Major stores. They will pocket the extra re adidas flux venue from charging the bag fee. So the working people of our community will be funding the profits of these stores. That’s not right, not fair and not what our community needs.”
The Sacramento Bee agreed that taxing Californians takes the wrong approach in an editorial published Sunday, August 1st, saying: “But as much as we applaud the intent of AB 1998 and its supporters, this bill is the wrong way to encourage consumers to shift toward a more ecological way of carrying home their groceries.”
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