New York, New York

Yes, start spreading the news . . . New York State may have reached the tipping point with liberal New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and some of his over-the-top edicts from on high! Last week, the legislature passed – and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law – a bill that places a moratorium…

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They’re Baaaaaaaack

One of the complaints about Styrofoam is that it doesn’t break down quickly enough from an environmental standpoint, and the same could be said about efforts to ban its use across the country.  We haven’t had to talk much about municipal bans on single-use polystyrene containers over the past few months, but don’t think the…

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At long last, Man Bites Dog!

Writing these stories each week about government overreach and the many more restrictions being placed on businesses across the country, it is refreshing when we can report on something going the other way.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filing suit against Brownsville, Texas is just such a story.  The republican AG filed in state District…

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Texas Court Trashes Plastic Bag Ban

A Texas Appeals Court has tossed out a local ordinance in Laredo that banned the use of single-use plastic bags.  The ordinance, one of many similar local fiats throughout Texas and across the country, was overturned ostensibly because of a Texas statute that prohibits local governments from restricting the sale or use of certain containers…

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Chicago Plastic Bag Ban Expands

One year after it initially went into effect for chain stores with floor areas over 10,000 square feet, the Chicago ban on single-use plastic bags expanded this week (August 1) to cover smaller chain stores with less than that amount of floor area.  Violations are punishable by fines ranging from $100 to $500 per violation. …

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NYC Taxes Shopping Bags, Senate Says No

Just three weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill assessing a $.05 fee on all shopping bags, whether paper or plastic, an ordinance that the new York Council passed early in May.  The ordinance, which interestingly exempts, among others, bags at state-regulated liquor stores as well as individuals buying groceries…

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Minimum Wage Stays in the News

It seems a week can’t go by without some new minimum wage activity being in the forefront somewhere.  This week’s news brings us back to the state of Maine, where advocates have succeeded in placing a minimum wage increase on the ballot this November, but that’s yesterday’s news.  This week, a broad coalition of business…

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NY Court Strikes Styrofoam Ban

Two days ago, the New York City ban on Styrofoam cups and food containers was struck down by a Manhattan Supreme Court justice.   Judge Margaret Chan rejected the contention of NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia that expanded polystyrene was not recyclable in the face of evidence to the contrary presented by plaintiffs Dart Container Corp…

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New York City Styrofoam Ban Takes Effect

When the calendar turned to July this week, it marked the end of polystyrene food containers in New York City, including Dunkin’s iconic foam coffee cups.  Although the ban formally took effect on the first of this month, there is a 6 month grace period for the phasing out of all foam food containers meaning…

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