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Lawmakers could introduce paint tax

SPRINGFIELD -- If you've got any painting projects to do in the near future, you may want to get them started sooner rather than later.
SPRINGFIELD -- If you've got any painting projects to do in the near future, you may want to get them started sooner rather than later. Lawmakers could consider tacking on a fee to the cost of paint.

The bill's sponsor and supporters want the money to go to a recycling program. The Paint Stewardship Act could be set up and be carried out through the Illinois EPA. The goal is for the tax to go into a fund to keep paint out of landfills.

But Matt Noonan, III, owner of Noonan's True Value, says paints are more environmentally-friendly now than ever before, so the fee would put an unnecessary burden on customers.

"They're not buying a better can of paint, they're not getting a better paint job out of it, so as a consequence to that, what they're getting is just another tax."

If passed, the Illinois EPA could oversee the program and establish places where people could take old or unused paint. Lawmakers could take up the issue as early as next week when they return to Springfield for the fall veto session.

There's no word on how much that tax would be, but in other states, it is $.75 per gallon. If approved, the tax would not go into effect until 2015.
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