Paper or plastic?
If New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets his way, shoppers in the Empire State won’t have the second option soon.
Cuomo, a Democrat, proposed on Sunday a ban on single-use plastic bags as part of his upcoming executive budget.
He called the bag ban a "bold action" that would "create a cleaner and greener New York for all."
Cuomo added that there would be exceptions to any ban in an effort to not impact lower-income populations and that distribution of reusable bags would be a part of that same effort.
He had first proposed a ban last April, after he and lawmakers blocked a proposed plastic bag fee from going into effect in New York City in 2017.
Cuomo is scheduled to release his executive budget on Tuesday. A final budget in negotiation with the state Legislature is supposed to be passed by April 1.
New York State Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy, however, has said that a ban on plastic bags is too prohibitive and that instead a nominal fee about 5 cents would encourage shoppers to bring reusable bags. The 5 cents per plastic ban would be put into an environmental fund.
"There are times when you will need a bag," Fahy told the Albany Times-Union. "You need that flexibility."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.