NY passes Manhattan congestion charge and plastic bag ban

Plastic bags are seen stuck to the branches of a tree in New York City on Wednesday

MANHATTAN TOLLS: Cuomo and the leaders of the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate say the budget will include a plan for new tolls on motorists driving into Manhattan south of 61st Street.

"With this smart, multi-pronged action NY will be leading the way to protect our natural resources now and for future generations of New Yorkers", Cuomo, who proposed a ban in his $175 billion budget proposal, said in a statement Friday.

With a deal in place to ban plastic shopping bags in NY, here's what you need to know about your future trips to the grocery store.

NY state lawmakers have reportedly reached a deal that will ban plastic bags and charge five cents for paper bags. "I also said this budget must be done right - meaning it must be fiscally responsible and protect NY from the federal government's ongoing economic assault on our state".

Under the new legislation, NY counties would be able to levy a five-cent tax on paper bags, with part of the resulting revenue going to an environmental-protection fund.

"I think we have a lot of agreements or are close to agreement", Heastie said.

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Congress has not funded the wall and Trump has said he would use money earmarked for the military to pay for its construction. Trump has declared a national emergency to justify redirecting money earmarked for the military to pay for building a wall.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Staten Island, Brooklyn) called it "a monstrosity" and "the worst budget since I've been here", predicting it would prompt New Yorkers to flee the state.

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

Lawmakers have also agreed on a measure that would close two yet-to-be-determined state prisons.

There has been a fair amount of backlash from small businesses and trade groups that argue the changes are untenable for small and independent grocery stores, attempting to stay competitive against big box rivals, according to the New York Times. "While the best policy would be a ban on plastic bags coupled with a statewide fee on other disposable bags, this agreement represents a tremendous step forward". Leaders say they will tackle that and other remaining issues in the rest of the session.

While Cuomo had wanted a recreational marijuana legalization provision included, disputes over the details of regulations kept it out of the budget.

"Doing the right budget is more important than doing on time", said Cuomo.

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