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JANUARY 22, 2013

 

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HEARING SCHEDULED FOR ITEM PRICING WAIVER REGULATIONS

On Tuesday, February 20 the MA Division of Standards will hold a public hearing on its new item pricing waiver regulations 202 CMR 7.00 at 10:00AM, 10 Park Plaza in Boston.  These regulations were filed as “emergency regulations” on December 31, 2012, effective January 1, 2013.  Written comments are welcome, and can be sent to: MA Division of Standards, Room 1115, One Ashburton Place, Boston, MA 02108, Attention Charles Carroll.  Comments may also be e-mailed to Charles.Carroll@state.ma.us.  Written comments will be accepted until February 22, 2013.  MFA will testify on several issues raised by the regulations, including shelf tag requirements, printable scanner requirements, recordkeeping requirements and the effects the regulations have upon those who do not wish to apply for the item pricing waiver.  Please contact the office if you have any questions.

 

MA LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO BEGIN SOON

Legislation has been filed for the 2013 - 2014 legislative session, and the MA Legislature should begin scheduling legislative hearings soon.  MFA filed its proposals before the January deadline for legislation to be considered in a timely manner (see last week’s News Scan) and will prepare for public hearings as they are scheduled.  Committee Chairs and members will be chosen shortly, and should not deviate much from their membership through the last legislative session.  We will notify you as soon as they have been chosen and will update you on their hearing schedules as soon as they are published.

 

GOVERNOR PATRICK TO RELEASE FY ’14 BUDGET

On Wednesday, January 23 Governor Patrick will release his version of the state’s fiscal budget for the next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013.  Provisions expected in the budget include:

·        An expansion in the state’s bottle deposit law;

·        Raising the state’s income tax from 5.25% to 6.25% (a 19% increase);

·        Lowering the state’s sales tax from 6.25% to 4.5% (a 28% decrease per purchase);

·        The elimination of 45 personal tax deductions, e.g. deducting capital gains on home sales, employee deductions on Social Security contributions and tuition tax deductions would all stop.

The current FY ’13 budget is over $32 billion, however lower tax collections have created a $540 million funding shortfall.

 

CHELSEA, MA TRANS-FAT BAN POSTPONED

The enforcement of a trans-fat ban in Chelsea, MA which was scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2013, has been postponed.  On January 14 the Chelsea City Manager issued a Memorandum stating the Chelsea Board of Health intends to review the trans fat ban that was adopted in 2011.  The Board of Health will review the ban at its next meeting on Feb. 19, 2013 when it will take testimony from restaurants, bakeries and others.  The Board hopes to hear from food establishments on their concerns with the ban, including availability (or not) of substitute ingredients and the performance of these substitutes.  The ban does not affect any establishment or food store from offering for sale any food or beverage containing artificial trans fats in a manufacturer’s original sealed package and bears a U.S. FDA compliant nutrition label, or products with naturally occurring trans fats.  The ban was originally scheduled to be effective January 1, 2012, however enforcement was delayed until January 1, 2013.  It is now delayed once again until further notice. 

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