New York City's consumer affairs commissioner Sunday urged state legislators to vote against a bill to create a regional dairy compact, saying the proposal would elevate milk prices by 50 percent.
Mark Green, in a letter to state senators, who may vote on the bill this week, said it could cost New York City families $113 per year more for milk.
Under the proposed Northeast Interstate Dairy Compact, a regional commission would have the authority to set milk prices for farmers in participating states. Also, the states could enact uniform dairy standards and regulations on such issues as inspections, butterfat content and marketing. Under federal law, the regional compact must be approved by three states and Congress.