Among the proposals Senate Republicans have added to the budget version are some well-known ideas. This is a ban on the fees that municipalities charge for plastic bags and other containers.
Senator George Lang (R-Westchester) said this Senate budget provision was not really about plastic bags. He said it was to limit the number of entities that could impose taxes on businesses and residents.
âIt’s really important for business, consistency. Businesses want to know they are predictable. They want to know what the rules are. And if you change the rules, it has a negative impact. Therefore, it does not reduce them, but it cannot increase them. “
Lang claims taxes and tax systems weigh on the state Businesses and residents.
Ohio has declining population growth compared to other states The US Census Bureau announced earlier this year The state has 16 to 15 members in the next 10 years.
Lang says the state had 24 lawmakers half a century ago.
âNo other state hits donkeys as badly as Ohio in percentage terms, and it’s our policies that we implemented that are the cause,â he said.
The fiscal rules don’t reduce these taxable entities, but Lang said it would prevent them from raising taxes in this case.
Law has been passed to ban the regulation of plastic bags during a pandemic, but the ban will end in January.
Critics say it would violate the community House rule,and Governor Mike DeWine said When a ban on plastic bags was considered in 2019, it would be “a mistake,” the state said, “the local community should be allowed to do what they think is best.”
However, Lang said he had a legal opinion that the proposal is in line with autonomy.
Several communities in Ohio have banned plastic bags, including Kaiyahoga County near Columbus and Bexley. The pandemic has been forced to review many restrictions on plastic bags as customers have been urged not to bring reusable bags.
However, there are growing concerns about the spread of plastics and the damage they cause to the environment. Lang said it was a “false story”.
âIf we get rid of all of America’s pollution, not just plastic bags, that’s only part of the pollution that exists in the world,â Lang said. “If we don’t do anything with India, China, the Far East and Asia, we’d be wrong if we thought we could influence.”
Senate budget includes ban on plastic bag fees in Ohio community