ILLINOIS — Illinois leaders are considering creating a tax on plastic bags in store check-out lanes.
Gov. JB Pritzker’s budget proposal suggests an excise tax of five cents per bag. The idea is to generate money for the state and reduce the risk to wildlife caused by plastic, especially when it comes to the danger posed to fish and other water life.
Chicago already has a bag tax of 7 cents per bag, which replaced a complete ban on plastic bags the city repealed at the start of 2017. The tax covers both paper and plastic bags, with five cents of each tax charge going to the city and the other two cents going to businesses. It was expected to generate $13 million in total revenue a year.
Gov. Ned Lamont’s (Governor of Connecticut) proposals to put state taxes on single-use plastic bags and on wine and liquor bottles are already facing criticism and opposition from an array of groups that include environmentalists, retailers and booze distributors.
Heart of Illinois ABC reports the tax would generate an estimated $19 to $23 million, depending on whether or not the city of Chicago is included in the tax.
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