MFA NEWS SCAN MAY 19, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN MAY 19, 2014


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MA SENATE BEGINS DEBATE ON FY ’15 STATE BUDGET

On Wednesday, May 21 the Senate is expected to begin deliberations on its version of the state’s FY ’15 budget.  Similar to the House version, the Senate version does not contain any provisions for new taxes.  Some of the 948 amendments that have been offered to the Senate budget include:

  • Amendment #39 - Item Pricing - This amendment was offered by Senator Donoghue for the MA Division of Standards at the request of MFA.  It calls for the discontinuance of the requirement to item price off-premise, standard factory packaged meat, poultry or fish items, which is presently required under M.G.L. Ch. 94 §181;
  • Amendment #200 - Bottle Bill - This amendment was offered by Senator Creem and seeks to expand the MA deposit law to all beverages except dairy based, wine and alcohol.  Malt beverage containers would still be covered;
  • Amendment #925 - Fish Labeling - This amendment was offered by Senator Richard Moore and seeks to require a labeling program of saltwater caught fish warning children, women and pregnant women of the risk factors of consumption of the fish based on toxin levels in the fish and their hazards to human health.

The Senate is expected to debate the budget and amendments today and could possibly wrap up its discussion late today or tomorrow before the holiday weekend.  We will keep you informed.

 

MINIMUM WAGE PROPOSALS TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

After a series of procedural complications, the House and Senate have finally been able to form a six panel conference committee to craft a compromise solution to each branch’s version of a minimum wage increase.  The Senate proposal (S2123) seeks to increase the rate to $11.00/hour over three years, with indexing future increases thereafter.  The House version (H4026) would increase the rate to $10.50/hour over three years with no indexing thereafter.  Both bills also call for unemployment insurance reform with the House also proposing domestic workers rights.  The conference committee members include: House Ways & Means Chair Dempsey (D-Haverhill); Labor & Workforce Committee House Chair Conroy (D-Wayland); Assistant Minority Leader Peterson (R-Grafton); Senate Ways & Means Chair Brewer (D-Barre); Labor & Workforce Committee Senate Chair Wolf (D-Harwich) and Senator Humason (R-Westfield).  MFA will continue to meet with members of the conference committee in support of the House proposal and a change in the July 1, 2014 effective date.

 

SIGN UP TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR COMPREHENSIVE RECYCLING IN MA

Comprehensive Recycling Works is a coalition of citizens, businesses, and community organizations that have come together to take a stand against bottle bill expansion because it is outdated, expensive, and inconvenient.  It supports improvements to existing recycling infrastructure and better access to recycling in more places, and believes our lawmakers should be working to expand convenient curbside and drop-off recycling programs across the Commonwealth.

Below you will find a link to the Comprehensive Recycling Works splash page.  This website includes a digital sign-up form to show your support of this effort.  Please let us know if you have any questions. http://comprehensiverecyclingworks.com.

 

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MFA NEWS SCAN MAY 19, 2014


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