MASSACHUSETTS FOOD ASSOCIATION NEWS SCAN UPDATE July 1, 2013
- Monday, July 08, 2013
VOLUME 13 ISSUE 20 JULY 1, 2013 Contact us at:
VOLUME 13 ISSUE 20
JULY 1, 2013
Contact us at:
FEDERAL AFFORDABLE CARE ACT MANDATE POSTPONED TO 2015
According to an announcement on Tuesday, July 2 by the Department of Treasury, the employer shared responsibility payments required under the Federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) scheduled to go into effect next year will not apply until 2015. Other information reporting requirements by employers and health insurers will also not be mandatory until 2015. Tax penalties also shall not apply until 2015. A statement has also been posted that formal guidance will be issued in the next week. To see the “Treasury Notes blog” statement announcing the delay, click here. We’d like to thank the Food Marketing Institute, National Grocers Association and other federal partners for their work on behalf of our industry. DUE TO THE RECENT CHANGE IN THE ACA AND UNCERTAINTY ON ITS EFFECT IN MA, MFA WILL BE POSTPONING ITS’ SCHEDULED JULY 10 SEMINAR ON HEALTH TO A LATER DATE TBD.
DOS SURVEY - 100% ACCURATE PRICING FOR FOOD STORES
A recent survey by the Patrick Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation (OCABR) and the Division of Standards (DOS) found that ten different items scanned in two to four store locations from six different supermarkets showed 100 percent price accuracy between shelf and scanner prices. Survey samples were taken from both food stores with and without item pricing waivers. Click here to view the announcement.
GOVERNOR SENDS BACK TRANSPORTATION BILL WITH TAX PACKAGE
On Tuesday, July 2 Governor Patrick returned to the House the Legislature’s proposed Transportation Bill (H3535) for re-approval with a proposed amendment. The Governor refuses to sign the bill as is; requesting additional annual revenue of $132 million annually that will be needed after 2017 when the proposed western toll pike terminals will close. In order to fulfill the entire annual $805 million budgeted for the bill after 2017, the Governor is requesting additional revenue from a 3 cent increase in the gas tax in 2015 and then indexed to fulfill the entire budgeted annual amount past the 2017 date and lost revenue from the disappearing tolls. The proposal still contains provisions for additional cigarette and gasoline taxes, and a new application of the state’s sales tax to computer and software services. To view the Governor’s statement click here.
GOVERNOR TO REVIEW MA EBT CARD ID PHOTO REQUIREMENT
PROPOSAL & FY ‘14 STATE BUDGET WITH ITEM PRICING CHANGES
On Monday, July 1 the Legislature sent the Governor a supplemental budget bill (H3539) with a section requiring the MA Department of Transitional Assistance to replace all their existing and future issued electronic benefit transfer cards with cards containing a photograph of the cardholder within twelve months (Section 74) . The Governor has ten days to sign, act, veto or just let the proposal become law.
The Governor must also review the proposed state fiscal year 2014 budget (H3538) presented to him July 2. The budget is sent to him with the proposed amendments to: reduce fines of item pricing violations back to their original amounts for those who do not apply for a waiver; reduce the number of required printable scanners in larger stores from three to two, and specifically limit certain requirements to shelf tags only.
This article has been moved here