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Is there a worse idea in this time of Coronavirus than Pat Davis’s plan to “more fully” ban plastic bags?

Just a few days ago Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis told local media outlets that he was planning to “close a loophole” in the City’s plastic bag ban which took effect this year. Davis wants the Mayor to get rid of plastic bags that are thicker than 2.25 thousandths of an inch. The thicker bags […]

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Coronavirus highlights problems with plastic bag bans

This article appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on March 18, 2020. Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis’s recent comments on expanding the city’s ban on plastic bags were out of touch, especially in this time of coronavirus. The councilor recently said he wants to amend city law to get rid of plastic bags that are thicker […]

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Plastic bag bans hurt more than they help

Recently, four members of the Albuquerque City Council proposed an ordinance, O-19-48, to ban the use of many common plastic items including bags, straws and to-go containers. Customers who request a paper bag will be charged 10 cents each. By introducing this measure, City Council members are following in the footsteps of states like California […]

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City of Las Cruces should reject bag ban

The following appeared in the Las Cruces Sun News on Sunday, April 25, 2021 The City Council of Las Cruces is considering a ban on plastic bags, specifically those bags which are thinner than 2.25 millimeters thick. Restaurants may or may not be exempted from the statute, but banning plastic bags is not a viable […]

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Albuquerque City Government Bag Ban Contradicts Own Goals

Radical environmentalists and (especially the politicians they elect) have a funny way of enacting policies that contradict each other. Take New York City Mayor DeBlasio’s desire to eliminate “steel and glass buildings.” But, as one green website notes, “About 77% of people in New York do not even own a car! This is the biggest […]

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082 Boondoggles and Bills in New Mexico

On this week’s episode Wally and Paul discuss the two recent bills signed by Gov. Lujan-Grisham. The bills raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour and increase film subsidies from $50 million to $110 million annually. The Albuquerque Rapid Transit boondoggle received more national attention, this time from the Wall Street Journal. Many of […]