NY passes Manhattan congestion charge and plastic bag ban

The Auburn Correctional Facility in Cayuga County is among 54 New York state correctional facilities. State lawmakers want to close two prisons in the next year. Michael Greenlar

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders have reached a deal on a $175.5 billion state budget.

Cuomo and legislative leaders Andrea Stewart-Cousins of the Senate and Carl Heastie of the Assembly announced the agreement in a statement at 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The New York state budget is starting to take shape, as lawmakers planned to return to the Capitol for a rare Sunday session to begin voting to meet the April 1 deadline.

Californians were the first to implement a statewide ban on plastic bags. "But I'm glad we're doing it now and leading the way".

"Every mandated cost increase adds up", said Greg Biryla, New York director of National Federation of Independent Business.

New York City residents offered mixed reactions to the news as they prepared for drastic changes to how they shop.

Governor Andrew Cuomo tried unsuccessfully a year ago to prohibit the bags.

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The ban, if passed, would go into effect in March 2020 and will apply to all single-use plastic bags provided by stores that collect sales tax.

The budget also will include a new tax on prescription opioids.

Additionally, the ban would be combined with another component, a five-cent fee on paper bags.

But in an interview with NBC News' Madani, Todd Kaminsky, a Democratic state senator from Nassau County and chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, said he believes New York's plastic bag ban was long overdue. A plastic bag ban will simply increase the financial duress for New York's grocery store industry without achieving the goal of improving the environment.

Moran says she's also pleased that the budget attempts to curb excessive food waste, at a time when she says 2.5 million New Yorkers go hungry.

The legislation banning most plastic bags provided to customers at supermarkets and other retail businesses also allows counties to opt in on a 5-cent fee on paper bags.

The legalization of recreational marijuana didn't make it into the plan. He said he would make the budget late, if lawmakers did not come to final agreement on public campaign finance reform.

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