NEW: Elorza Vetoes Plastic Bag Ban, After Approval by Providence City Council
Monday, March 26, 2018
The ordinance would require retailers to charge at least 10 cents for replacement paper bags or more durable plastic bags following a year-long phaseout period -- and exempt dry cleaning bags, laundry bags and frozen food bags from the fee.
Elorza's office stated Monday that in a letter to the members of the Providence City Council, Elorza warned of the negative impacts of plastic bags and the merit of the policy goal -- but said more time was needed for review.
"Single-use plastic bags are a hazard to human health and our environment," said Elorza. “They clog up our stormwater infrastructure, pollute our neighborhoods and waterways, and introduce harmful chemicals into our environment and bodies.”
According to Elorza's office, the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee (REJC) sent a letter to Mayor Elorza and council members on March 14 and cited specific concerns with the policy after their evaluation noting, “This policy assumes that everyone has equal access to reusable bags. That is not the case for low-income families who do not drive a car. Many community members will struggle to pay the fee.”
Elorza has requested that "more robust community engagement be done before he signs the ordinance into law."
"There is no harm done in taking our time to do this right, but we do risk harm if we exclude or ignore these communities and their concerns in this process," said Elorza.
Other RI Cities With Ban
Other Rhode Island cities that have the ban include Barrington, Block Island, Jamestown, Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Bristol, while North Kingstown, Tiverton, and Warren are considering it.
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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