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NEWSCAN UPDATE MAY 17, 2013


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MA SENATE RELEASES ITS VERSION OF FY ’14 BUDGET

On Wednesday, May 15 the MA Senate released its version of the FY ’14 state budget, calling for $33.92 billion in spending, and increase of 4.2% over FY ’13 spending.  The Senate proposal calls for more spending then the House proposal of $33.83 billion, but less than the Governor’s proposed FY ’14 budget spending of $34.8 billion.  Amendments to the Senate budget are due by the end of the day Friday, April 17.  We expect Senators Creem (D-) and Senator Hedlund (R-) to file an amendment to the budget to expand the state’s bottle deposit law.  We will keep you updated.

 

MA LEGISLATURE SCHEDULES/HOLDS HEARINGS

The following proposals have been scheduled for a hearing or have already been heard by their respective Joint Committees:

·        Minimum Wage increase: Scheduled for a hearing June 11 before the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development;

·        Paid Leave: Scheduled for a hearing June 25 before the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development;

·        Workers Compensation: Scheduled for a hearing October 8 before the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development;

·        Statewide Tobacco Sales Ban in Health Establishments: Hearing held May 14 before the Joint Committee on Public Health.  To date the bill remains before Committee.

 

DEP RELEASES MASTER PLAN

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has published the Final 2020 Solid Waste Master Plan on the MassDEP web site at:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/recycle/reports/solid-waste-master-plan.html.  The Plan establishes comprehensive strategies to meet aggressive 2020 goals for reducing waste and increasing the diversion of material from disposal to re-use, recycling, composting, and anaerobic digestion.  Please contact MFA or DEP directly if you have any questions.

 

GREAT BARRINGTON MA PASSES PLASTIC BAG BAN

At its Monday, May 6 Annual Town Meeting, the Town of Great Barrington passed an ordinance (Article 23) prohibiting the distribution of thin film single use plastic bags, effective July 1, 2013.  The ban affects all businesses in the Town.  This measure comes after a similar ordinance was approved in the town Manchester-by-the-Sea at their April 1st - 2nd Open Town meeting (Article 25).  Residents in each town voted in favor by more than 50% to approve the bans.

 

May 30th APR Web Seminar:

Recycling Rigid Plastics at Grocery Stores

A substantial recyclable portion of a grocer’s waste stream is typically thrown away – rigid plastics.  A pilot program created by the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers (APR) provides a variety of resources and tools to capture some of more than 350 million pounds of rigid plastics generated by medium and large supermarkets in the U.S.  This web seminar will explain the online resources available at www.recyclegroceryplastics.org.  Click here to register now for this FREE Educational Web Seminar.

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