Opinion: Malloy endears himself to plastic bag lovers everywhere

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

Facing the prospect of a transportation crisis and a $1 billion deficit over each of the next two years, you’d think the General Assembly would focus like a laser beam on the budget, the economy, and finding a way to rebuild our crumbling transportation infrastructure.

I suppose it’s within the realm of possibility that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly can walk and chew gum at the same time, but you’d have to wonder if they really have enough to do when you see lawmakers resurrect a relatively trivial concept that has failed to gain traction several times: a ban on plastic shopping bags.

The bill is currently making its way through the Environment Committee, where lawmakers are emboldened by what happen last year in California, which enacted the first statewide ban on the bags, following Hawaii’s lead earlier that year (Westport is the only Connecticut municipality that has its own ban in place).

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One response to “Opinion: Malloy endears himself to plastic bag lovers everywhere”

  1. Paul Lanning

    In the absence of the prohibited plastic shopping bags, what do Westport residents use for their household garbage?

    Paper bags which soak through and leak?

    A garbage disposal unit in the sink drain?

    Or maybe plastic garbage bags that are SOLD at the stores that are forbidden to use them.

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