Colorado Lawmakers Debate Plastic Bag Tax

Americans Use an Estimated 100-Billion Plastic Bags Annually

PALISADE, Colo. - It's not uncommon to see a plastic bag floating through the wind, especially when Americans use an estimated 100 billion plastic bags each year.

In an effort to combat the plastic bag waste while benefiting affordable housing in Colorado, state Representative Paul Rosenthal (D) and state Senator Lois Court (D) have proposed a 25-cent tax per transaction for using plastic grocery bags supplied by grocery stores. 

"I think I'd be against the tax. It would create a problem for me collecting the tax and paying the states. It's some added accounting issues", Kelly Myers the Owner of Family Food Town in Palisade.

The owner of Family Food Town, a locally owned and operated grocery store, tells us that majority of his shoppers prefer plastic over paper, which could potentially affect his business.

"I believe my customers would be pretty vocal against me charging them 25-cents to use a bag or ten bags", says Myers.

Shoppers who frequent Family Food Town tell us while also wishing to remain anonymous that, "Affordable housing is great for smaller communities, but this tax could drive shoppers away."

Another patron of the store tells us, "I see a lot of plastic bags floating around, this tax could help our town's image and housing situation."

State Representative Dan Thurlow (R) feels that the state legislature should focus on other aspects that benefit Coloradans.

"My view on it is this is just one more issue that the state government should just stay out of. Number one, we don't need to tax anyone more than we are. Number two, is we don't need to regulate businesses and consumers", says Thurlow. 

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