You may soon be paying for bags when you go to the store if new legislation passes in New Jersey.

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The Senate bill, which gets its first hearing today, would require retailers to charge 15 cents for each single use plastic or paper bag they give out, and sell reusable bags and switch to compostable plastic or recyclable paper bags.

Supporters say the production of plastic and paper bags in the U.S. uses 12 million barrels of oil and 14 million trees a year.

My question, would be isn’t the cost of the bag already figured into the price by the merchant? Don’t the people who make these bags deserve to make a living as well?

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