Advocacy

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      The Plastic Tax Would Hurt the Economy and the Environment

      Tony Radoszewski, President and CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), shares some thoughts on federal legislation, currently under consideration, that would deliver "a gut punch to working-class families across the country" by levying a tax on plastic production.
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      The Resin Tax Moving Through Congress Threatens the Plastics Supply Chain and Whole Economy

      The U.S. Congress is considering a proposal to extract 20 cents per pound on plastic resins produced domestically. There are strong economic arguments against such a proposal, specifically how it affects jobs, consumption, and disposable income.
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      PLASTICS Research Working Group: Finding Meaning in the Literature

      Earlier this year, I proposed to form an internal working group at PLASTICS to review a wide variety of literature on plastics research and create a catalog of objective and positive plastics research in response to the onslaught of biased criticisms against a material that has made tremendous positive contributions to society.
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      So, You Want to Stop Making Plastics. What Happens Afterward?

      When hearing about challenges related to littered plastics in the environment, it is understandable that the knee-jerk reaction is to ask why everything isn’t just made from other materials, or whether a ban on plastics production would force the industry to recycle more. But it’s a lot like when a child proposes that the solution to global warming is eliminating cars: it’s overly simplistic, fails to understand how the economy works, and reveals an incomplete understanding of a complicated issue.
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      Why You Need to Be at This Year's Fly-In

      Since January, House Democrats are now in charge of the agenda on one side of Capitol Hill, and there are more than 110 new members in both the House and the Senate. That means almost a quarter of our federally elected officials have not heard from our industry and what is important to us.
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      Rep. Thompson Visits Berry Global

      Representative Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA-5) recently visited Berry Global’s Brookville, PA plant to get a first-hand look at plastics manufacturing in his district. Berry Global acquired the Brookville facility in 2014, which largely manufactures child resistant closures for the pharmaceutical industry.  
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      Op-Ed: Domestic Manufacturing Needs Tax Bill Expensing Reforms

      In D.C., discussions on the tax bill can quickly turn to politics, messaging, process, and winners and losers, whether it applies to an industry, region, or tax bracket. But engage with a manufacturer about the tax bill, and the conversation consistently turns to specific provisions that promote domestic manufacturing and economic activity. For many industries, the expensing provisions are the central issue to consistent business growth and planning, new innovations and jobs.
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      Delta Pacific Products in Union City, CA Hosts California Assemblyman Quirk

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      California Industrial General Permit Enrollment Deadline Extended

      California’s State Water Resources Control Board recently shared this alert: “NOTICE - As you likely have observed, the State Water Resources Control Boards’ (State Water Board) SMARTS Storm Water Program database is limiting new enrollments or annual submittals from existing enrollees as required by the Statewide Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP)...