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State Senate Passes Felder’s Bag Tax Ban

The GOP-controlled State Senate moved Tuesday to block the city from imposing a 5-cent fee on plastic and paper shopping bags. Senators voted 42-18 in favor of a measure sponsored by Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) that prohibits the city from charging taxes or fees on any carry-out merchandise bags.

Rabbis Voice Support for Trump Education Nominee

Ahead of Tuesday’s confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate for President-Elect Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Education, Betsy Devos, the Orthodox Union published an op-ed in the Washington Post expressing support for DeVos, who has been a longtime advocate of vouchers and other school choice initiatives.

Frum State Senator Leads Push to Stop Bag Tax

New York State Senator Simcha Felder was joined at City Hall by Senators Marty Golden and Tony Avella, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and other colleagues on both sides of the aisle today to call on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to stop a regressive tax on plastic bags slated to begin next month. The legislators called the five-cent tax on each disposable plastic bag a bad deal for working- and middle-class New Yorkers, and another example of government “nickel and diming” taxpayers and their families.