San Fran Commission Urges Grocery Bag Fee

The San Francisco Commission on the Environment has voted to recommend that the city charge residents 17 cents for each plastic or paper bag that they take home from grocery stores that report more than $2 million in annual sales. The city has contracted with a private firm to study the issue and file a report later this spring. Supporters of the fee believe it would reduce the consumption of plastic bags and reduce environmental pollution. Opponents have argued that the fee would have a negative impact on low-income consumers.