MFA NEWSCAN UPDATE JULY 8, 2013
- Monday, July 15, 2013
VOLUME 13 ISSUE 21 JULY 8, 2013 Contact us at:
VOLUME 13 ISSUE 21
JULY 8, 2013
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GOVERNOR SIGNS FY ’14 BUDGET WITH ITEM PRICING AMENDMENTS
On Friday, July 12 Governor Patrick signed a $33.6 billion state budget containing amendments to reduce item pricing violations for those without item pricing waivers, and to reduce the required number of printable scanners in larger waiver stores from three to two. Item pricing violations for all food stores were doubled when the item pricing law and regulations were changed. The budget now reverts the fine structure back to its original amount for stores that do not apply for the item pricing waiver. Also, the budget allows larger food stores to deploy a minimum of two printable scanners as opposed to the present minimum of three.
The budget contains $417 million in cuts to transportation funding and local aid. The Governor explained that the cuts were made to balance the budget, which was not in balance due to a lack of funding called for in a separate Transportation bill. The Transportation bill seeks to raise money through new taxes on tobacco, gas and other entities. The Governor and Legislature disagree on how much should be earmarked for transportation infrastructure costs. The Legislature is expected to deal with the Transportation bill next week, which was returned to them from the Governor last week with a request for additional funding.
GOVERNOR SIGNS FUNDING BILL WITH EBT CARD CHANGES
On Thursday, July 11 Governor Patrick signed a supplemental budget proposal (H3539) with sections calling for MA EBT cards to have picture ID’s on them. He did return those sections to the Legislature with an amendment requesting the Department of Transitional Assistance and others to conduct a review of this new requirements’ effectiveness after three years. He also calls for regulations to allow all members of a household to be eligible to use the picture ID card.
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