Penny Plan Advanced for Recycling

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With Michigan dead last in the region for recycling our waste, a state lawmaker wants to tack a one penny increase on every retail sale in the state with the projected $42 million earmarked for new recycling efforts.

The so called Penny Plan has the endorsement of major grocery chains around the state that do not want an expansion of the state's bottle deposit law which is under consideration in Lansing.

Rep. Geoff Hansen who is pushing the penny idea says for every five percent increase in recycling, 18,000 jobs will be created. However the chair of the House Taxation committee says even a penny increase on sales is unacceptable to him.