New Radio Ads against Oregon plastic bag ban, bag tax

New Radio Ads against Oregon plastic bag ban, bag tax
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
The Oregon State Senate is about to raise taxes on grocers all across Oregon as the Senate votes for SB 536 — the ban on plastic bags and a nickel tax on all paper bags.  Below is the ad:

Radio Ad:

Oregon’s economy is struggling and our families are hurting.

So, why would the Oregon legislature raise taxes on groceries with the price of food and gas already going up?

Why would the legislature send good American green jobs to China while so many struggle to find work?

Why would the legislature force us to use shopping bags that may increase our risk of lead contamination or food borne illness?

The legislature’s plastic bag ban would do exactly that.

Fewer jobs, higher taxes, more health risks for Oregon families.

It’s no wonder the Statesman Journal and Democrat Herald say improved recycling is a better, common-sense solution.

Call your legislators and tell them Oregon needs more recycling – not higher taxes, fewer jobs and more health risks.

Tell them to oppose SB 536 and focus on Oregon’s real problems.

Paid for by The Taxpayer Association of Oregon

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  • Anonymous

    It’s not about what’s good for Oregon, it’s about getting more money in the State Coffers to spend on Liberal entitlements. Liberals have to keep their welfare followers in line and on their ticket by feeding them your money…

  • Scandoscott

    Wow, I am stunned by the ignorance and stubbornness of you all in Oregon. Explain how this program would remove jobs? Ever heard of REDUCE reuse then RECYCLE? If you are afraid of the surcharge (it’s not a tax, taxes are mandatory). Then go out an buy some reusable bags, do yourself a favor, unless you think that carrying a reusable bag makes you look too much like a liberal granola-munching hippy.

  • Joe

    Read prior article! Explanation therein.

  • valley person

    Raise taxes on groceries? Send good jobs to China? Led contamination?

    Hello, this ad is going to lie to your face and see how gullible you really are.

  • nwpfs

    Hey valley girl, you think sending good jobs to China is a lie? How many of those reusable bags do you think are made in the USA? Answer – 0. How many are made in China? Answer – Most, if not all of them.

    • valley person

      I guess if I am called a girl that is intended as an insult. Boo-hoo. OK. I am over it now.

      Try a search engine of your choice with the following: Reusable tote bags made in the usa. See what you come up with. You may be surprised. We not only make them, we do so with organic materials.

      And the paper bags many if not most will use and re-use in lieu of plastic? Also made in the usa.

      Now you can try calling me something else.

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  • nwpfs

    This ad is a little mis-leading. Will Oregon lose jobs? No, because it has no plastic bag plants. In fact, the paper bag manufactures will benefit, so it may actually increase jobs in Oregon. But jobs will be lost in towns like Yakima and Seattle that do have plastic bag plants, and Washington is not an enemy last time I checked. And Scandoscott is right, it’s not a tax, but it is mandatory if you want a bag other than Chinese made reusables that will create a potential health issue if not washed. And who is going to wash theirs? No one. Overall the ad is correct, but just presents it a little scary. But why not? The other side has been doing that from the start.

    By the way, this bill makes almost all plastic bags illegal, so gift and apparel stores will have to switch to higher priced paper bags, and they aren’t getting a nickel back on each one, which was just a bribe to the grocers to endorse it. The bill was written by morons.

  • nwpfs

    The “re-usable” bags that everyone uses are made from non-woven poly, which is only made overseas. Yes, there are cotton ones being made here, if you want to pay 4 bucks a bag. Do you want to pay 4 bucks a bag for something to carry your groceries home in. Gag me valley girl!

    • valley person

      The ad is a “little misleading?” That is like saying Bush was a little misleading about those WMDs. The ad is utter BS. How does already packaged food get contaminated from the bag? How gullible are you? Never mind.

      I’m impressed you know what “everyone” uses. I have and have seen others with bags made of cotton, hemp, canvas, and all sorts of fiber blends. But I have to admit I have not seen “everyone.” And isn’t it weird that with “everyone” using overseas made poly bags, that a 2 minute web search shows dozens of businesses making bags made of other materials right here in the USA? I mean, who do they sell them to? The Chinese?

      Only $4 a bag? The ones I use cost more than that. But given that I get years of use out of them, its small change. Less than an organic ale micro 6-pack. But hey, if you really love plastic no problem. Just bring your own plastic bags in and use them. Plastic is not banned.

      Oh…and was I just called a name again? If this keeps up I will need therapy.

      • Conservatively Speaking

        How ’bout just a bong in the head you left wing blingaling? What a jack’dass VP appears!

      • nwps

        “Everyone” refers to all of the supermarkets that resell them for a buck, which is by far and away the majority of the business. They are “all” made of non-woven poly. Unless you go to the Whole Foods stores of the world, but those are not the mainstream bags the politicians are referring to. You get years of use out of a bag? Good for you, you are in the extreme minority so nothing in the bill pertains to you anyway. Plus, your first comment puts you in than “special” catagory, which makes everything else you say irrelevant. I’m sure you are still complaining about hanging chads too.

        • Valley person

          OK, I’m starting to get you. Everyone actually meant majority. I should have known better. And all must mean most. And $4 a bag is actually only $1 a bag. Not sure how that happened, but I’ll just go with the flow here.You use words that mean things differently than what a dictionary would say they mean to make a point of emphasis, not to approximate any particular reality. $1, $4, all, most, its all the same to you.

          Yes, I get years of service out of the bags I have purchased. And in fact, a few of them did come from Whole Foods. One from Powells Books. One from a tiny market on Maui. Several from Freddies. I guess this makes me an “extreme” minority, only you don’t really mean “extreme,” you really just mean “minority”. And I agree with you on that point.

          So lets sum up. The bill is not a tax on groceries, has nothing whatsoever to do with sending jobs to China, and will not increase anyone’s risk of lead contamination. Other than those pesky details the ad is quite accurate and honest, like yourself.

          • Nwps

            Let’s review and define valley girl, and then I’m done with you. Mainstream non-woven bags are $1.00, the specialty bags like cotton etc. are $4.00 plus. “Extreme minority” simply means you are in the very low percentile. The $1.00 bags are all made in China, which are the “extreme majority” of the bags that will be substituted for plastic, so yes, we will lose jobs to China. Some of these have been known to contain lead, although it seems to be a problem that is being corrected. So yes, the ad is a bit mis-leading, although there are no hanging chads.

            Case closed. Have a good day.

          • valley person

            Lets also not forget the jobs we will lose picking up plastic bag litter and rescuing wildlife who ingest the stuff. And then there are the bag ladies who rely rely on these plastic bags other people throw away. And the artists who make sculpture out of plastic junk. What about them?

            Enough with this nonsense. No tax, no lead, no detectable job loss. Pass the darn bill.

          • valley person

            Lets also not forget the jobs we will lose picking up plastic bag litter and rescuing wildlife who ingest the stuff. And then there are the bag ladies who rely rely on these plastic bags other people throw away. And the artists who make sculpture out of plastic junk. What about them?

            Enough with this nonsense. No tax, no lead, no detectable job loss. Pass the darn bill.

  • Nwps

    One more thing on the “American made” tote bags. Many of the bags themselves are made overseas, then imported and stocked by US companies. Then they are “post printed”, which means they are still foreign bags, just printed here as an afterthought.

    And yes, food does leak in bags. We’ve all experienced it, but then we just throw the bag away. But if the bag is reusable, you are left with a mess that is, as the valley girl would say, “grotty to the max”.

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