A local special interest group is asking residents to “rat out” businesses that are not enforcing the plastic bag fee / tax in Howard County. Less Plastics Please posted the following on social media today:
HoCo Peeps! The Bag Bill is only as strong as the enforcement. If you see a violation, it is critical to report it. Here is all the information:
Bag Bill information
Bag bill enforcement
Howard County Dept. of Finance
Less Plastics Please is “A group of dedicated volunteers working to reduce plastic pollution generated in Howard County MD”.
Many readers of this blog know what I think about the BAG TAX here in Howard County. I am not a fan. Ban them and the local officials will have my support…make money off of plastic bags at check out and to me this is about money and not getting rid of the problem.
Many businesses are having a hard time right now…”telling on them” over this seems wrong in a number of ways. Our County Council members had an opportunity to delay this tax / fee on our residents (because every business passes this through to you and me that shop here in Howard County) but decided to go another direction…let it stand and enforce a new fee on us during this pandemic and generate revenue for the county.
Now this special interest group is asking you and me to “rat out” the businesses not enforcing this fee on shoppers.
All of the things happening in our country, state and county and this is their big issue…”rat out” your local businesses that are just trying to survive right now. WOW.
Do what you think is best for our county. I will not “rat out” a business currently not enforcing this legislation…the county has people they pay to do that for us and I will let them do their jobs. I have enough other issues to deal with right now.
Yep…those that read this blog regularly will see I am not over this issue yet.