MFA NEWS SCAN DECEMBER 16, 2013
- Friday, December 20, 2013
MA LEGISLATURE STILL ON BREAK,
HEAVY AGENDA AWAITS THEIR RETURN
On November 22 the MA Legislature recessed for the holiday season and is not due to return to formal sessions until January 2 of the New Year. Some of the more important issues they have discussed lately and have indicated are priorities includes: the minimum wage proposal passed by the Senate; welfare reform and updating the state’s water infrastructure. MFA continues to meet with House leadership to discuss the ramifications of the minimum wage legislation passed by the Senate. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
DOR Issues New Withholding Tables for Tax Year 2014
Beginning January 1, 2014, the 5.25 percent tax rate on most classes of taxable income will drop to 5.20 percent. The Department of Revenue has certified that baseline revenues this year met growth thresholds set by statute which automatically triggered the .05 percent decrease. DOR will continue to certify any revenue growth every year until the income tax rate reaches 5 percent. You can find the revised withholding tables for the new income tax rate at:
reminder - NEW EBT CARDS BEING ISSUED - BUSINESS AS USUAL
Earlier this month the MA Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) began issuing EBT cards with picture ID’s on some of them. According to the DTA, this development does NOT change any transaction procedure for cashiers when clients pay with the new card. If a customer tries to purchase goods with an EBT card and is not able to complete the transaction, they should be instructed to go see their local DTA caseworker for help. Please let us know if you’ve noticed any increase in the number of problems with EBT purchases at the checkout, due to problems with the cards.
CAMBRIDGE, MA HEARING ON PLASTIC BAG BAN
On December 19 the Ordinance Committee of the City of Cambridge will hold a hearing on a proposed ordinance - 8.68 - entitled, “Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance” sponsored by City Councilor/State Representative Marjorie Decker. The ordinance seeks to ban plastic bag distribution from establishments within the city and require paper bags to be recyclable and contain at least 40% recycled content. The proposal can eventually move to the City Council for a final vote.
GREENFIELD, MA PROPOSAL WOULD BAN PLASTIC BAGS
On December 9 the Town of Greenfield’s Appointments & Ordinance Committee held its monthly meeting with an agenda item targeting plastic bags. All stores would be banned from using plastic bags, and would have to offer customers paper bags and reusable bags. Customers would have a choice of buying and using reusable bags or paying a 10-cent fee for each paper bag they used.
DECEMBER 25, 2013, CHRISTMAS DAY - CLOSE ALL DAY HOLIDAY
JANUARY 1, 2014, NEW YEAR’S DAY - OPEN ALL DAY, TIME AND ½ PAY, VOLUNTARY
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