California Manufacturers & Technology Association voices opposition to paper bag tax legislation
Senate Bill 270 threatens factory jobs and California’s business climate
Aug. 20, 2014 SACRAMENTO, CA – Saying it would undermine the state’s economic climate, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) today expressed its strong opposition to Senate Bill 270 (Padilla), a measure to put a new tax on paper bags and ban plastic shopping bags.
"SB 270 gives California manufacturers another reason to move jobs out of state,” said CMTA President Jack Stewart. "Instead of killing jobs, lawmakers should be promoting ways to protect those who manufacture important and highly popular consumer products."
Stewart said SB 270 moves California in the wrong direction for the following reasons:
SB 270 ignores the fact that paper bags are reusable, compostable, and recyclable. Paper bag manufacturers have worked with CalRecycle to ensure their bags are made from recycled material and comply with newly imposed regulations.
SB 270 meddles in the free marketplace. It mandates that grocery stores charge consumers at least 10 cents per paper bag, with no price cap, and all proceeds are to be kept by the supermarkets.
SB 270 imposes an estimated $700-million tax on thousands of small businesses and millions of struggling and working class Californians who are already dealing with rising food, gasoline and energy prices.
The California Manufacturers & Technology Association works to improve and enhance a strong business climate for California's 25,000 manufacturing, processing and technology based companies. Since 1918, CMTA has worked with state government to develop balanced laws, effective regulations and sound public policies to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs while safeguarding the state's environmental resources. CMTA represents 600 businesses from the entire manufacturing community -- an economic sector that generates more than $250 billion every year and employs more than 1.2 million Californians.