Sunday, January 15, 2017

SAY GOODBYE TO THE "GREAT IDEA" OF PLASTIC BANG BAN

(Ed.'s Note: Now that the Texas Attorney General has decided that the plastic bag ban imposed on Brownsville residents during the term of former mayor Pat Ahumada, it has became abundantly  clear that the legal advice they're getting from legal counsel Mark Sossi that the city commission was within its legal rights to impose a fee was basically flawed.
 
Last week the TAG told the city in no uncertain terms that charging a fee for the bags constituted a double tax for waste management. The city's convoluted argument that was doing ti for environmental reasons didn't pass the AG's smell test and now they are looking for a way to step away from the fee.
 
As you can see from the photos above sent to us by one of our seven readers, the environmental justifications didn't really solve the litter problem, did it? We can always count on a 10 percent who like to live like pigs, but why should the other 90 percent have to bear the brunt of nanny ordinances? 
 
And what will happen to the $100,000s collected by the city for the bag fee? Will there be any refund to the citizens for paying a double tax? This city is going to get into a lot of trouble in the near future because of the imposition of similar "double tax" fees in a number of city operations. This will not be the last time that a "good idea" will turn around and bite its promoters in the keister.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

That was the greatest scam that enriched the crooked so called politicians of brown town

Anonymous said...

The city should have required the store to provide the bags for free since the implementation of this ordinance. You can ban the bags but make the store owners provide the bags, after all, we are buying their products the least they can do is to give the bags for free.

Anonymous said...

The city should have required the store to provide the bags for free since the implementation of this ordinance. You can ban the bags but make the store owners provide the bags, after all, we are buying their products the least they can do is to give the bags for free.

Anonymous said...

Greedy liberal politicians caused all of this. The chicken shits cut and run because they need the time to hide the money they stole. The statements that Sossi has been making are comedy gold. He is the voice of incompetence.

Diego Lee Rot said...

bag-o-roma!

Anonymous said...

Sorry Pat, you got bad advice.

Anonymous said...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s trial on criminal securities fraud charges is set to begin May 1. The AG can go to Hell. We don't want our city to look like a dump, again.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ken Paxton. This is Texas, not mexico.

Anonymous said...

If those pictures show how it looks now, I would hate to see this place after the ban is lifted...

Anonymous said...

i think the bags should be thrown on the bike trail.

Anonymous said...

Maybe there can be a class action lawsuit? All the folks that paid for bags, get reimbursed by Brownsville. That would teach the comissioners a lesson on who's their real boss. Any attorneys out there?

rita