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Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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On January 1, 2018, a new Suffolk County law will go into effect, charging a five-cent fee for plastic and paper carryout bags, at a variety of retail stores. Those in support of the fee believe it will protect the environment. Those against view it as a tax that will hurt local businesses. Would you support Nassau County imposing a five-cent fee on plastic and paper carryout bags?

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Generate revenue, help small bussiness

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There is an article in NY times about legalizing short-term sleepover web services like airbnb. Jersey city is passing legislation that will do just this. Something similar in long island would be great both for the county to generate revenue from such short term sleepover rentals, as well as for the local businesses. It would help to attract tourists to the area without need for large urban-esque hotels that would take away from the suburban green space look of long island. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/12/nyregion/jersey-city-proposes-legislat....
There is a lot of positives here including the revenue the county would generate from the taxing this service. It would also help the local businesses when these tourists come to visit the area they will likely also give business to the local business. Businesses in long island suffer because it is inaccessible for outsiders but we also don't want long island littered with hotels, this would enable tourism without ugly hotels all over. It would also enable homeowners who desperately need the financial help who make some extra cash without the need to engage in illegal rentals. Finally its great incentive for homeowners to pretty up and market their homes and communities to make them appealing for such rentals.

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