MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 10, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 10, 2014


- Monday, February 10, 2014

VOLUME 14 ISSUE 4 FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Contact us at: mafoood@mafood.com

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MA SENATE PASSES UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE REFORM BILL

On Thursday, February 6 the Massachusetts Senate passed (engrossed) legislation to reform the state’s unemployment insurance system.  Some of the major provisions of the proposal S2003 include:

  • Permanently implementing a new rate schedule;
  • assessing experience base and expanding the experiencing rating, so those who do well pay less;
  • Raising the U/I taxable wage base from $14,000 to $21,000 beginning July 1, 2015;
  • A freeze on U/I rates through 2014 at the present schedule “E”;
  • A freeze on U/I rates through 2015 - 2017 at schedule “C”.

For more information please contact the office.  The proposal now moves to the House for approval.

 

PRESIDENT SIGNS FARM BILL INTO LAW

On Friday, February 7 President Obama signed into law the Farm Bill containing a cut in food stamps but preserving most crop subsidies.  The bill cuts about $800 million a year from the food stamp program or around 1 percent. The House had originally sought a 5 percent cut.

The compromise agreement imposes the following additional obligations on SNAP retailers:

 

  • It will require them to implement point-of-sale technology systems that will not redeem SNAP benefits for the purchase of ineligible items, and will further preclude cashiers from manually overriding this prohibition.  This provision does not become effective until the Department of Agriculture issues regulations implementing it, likely to take at least several months.

 

  • It requires SNAP retailers to stock at least seven different items in each of the four “staple food” categories. (Current law requires only three items in each category.)

 

·       It requires SNAP retailers to stock at least one “perishable” food item in at least three of the four staple food categories. (Current law requires perishable items in only two of the staple food categories.)

 

MA ORGANICS BAN PUSHED OFF THREE MONTHS

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced on Friday, February 7 that the commercial food waste disposal ban will go into effect on October 1, 2014 for all businesses and institutions disposing of 1 ton or more of food waste per week [See the official MassDEP press release here] as opposed to the original effective date of July 1, 2014.

 

In conjunction with this announcement, RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts has added some new resources and published a press release on the state-funded assistance available to businesses and institutions through the RecyclingWorks program (attached).  RecyclingWorks has added new business guidance on how to estimate food waste, which is located under the Food Waste tab on our website along with existing guidance on food donation and options for complying with the commercial food waste ban.  MassDEP has also updated their waste ban guidance here, which includes an FAQ document about the food waste ban.

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MFA NEWS SCAN FEBRUARY 10, 2014


- Monday, February 10, 2014

VOLUME 14 ISSUE 4 FEBRUARY 10, 2014 Contact us at: mafoood@mafood.com

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