Though they take 500 years to degrade, pollute our waters and take up a helluva lot of landfill and highway right-of-way space, the GOP-led Wisconsin Legislature has used its precious, taxpayer-paid time and the power of state law to make sure you can get all the plastic shopping bags you want:
Local governments wouldn't be able to ban grocers or others from using plastic bags, under a bill approved 19-13 by GOP senators on a party-line vote. No communities in Wisconsin have such a ban, but Republicans passed AB 730 to ensure none adopt them as the idea takes root in cities in some other states.Local control? Grassroots decision-making? A cleaner environment?