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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in response to the Massachusetts State Budget Conference Committee sending a budget to Gov. Charlie Baker without the Senate language requiring stores to charge at least 10 cents for paper bags.
“We applaud the Conference Committee for striking a short sighted and ill-conceived paper bag fee provision in the state budget – which is not intended to set policy. The committee’s action ultimately recognized that paper bags represent a sustainable packaging option for consumers who need carryout bags.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.