MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 30, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 30, 2014


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MA LEGISLATURE PASSES FY ’15 BUDGET

On Monday, June 30 the legislature passed the FY ’15 state budget (H4242), sending it to the Governor for his approval.  The Governor now has ten days to approve or alter the proposal for the new fiscal year, which began on July 1.  The proposal contains an amendment (Section 129) at the request of MFA on behalf of the MA Division of Standards that would exempt off-premise, standard factory-packaged meat, poultry or fish items that are of the same weight and price for each item from item pricing requirements.  Presently, these items must be individually priced under the item pricing statute because they are in a different section of the law, regardless of whether or not a waiver is granted.  This amendment corrects this oversight and exempts them from item pricing.  The Administration supports this amendment.

 

Working Group issues report on bottle deposit expansion - signatures filed for initiative petition

On June 27 a Subcommittee appointed by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy issued a report on its findings of attempting to broker a compromise between opponents and proponents of a bottle bill expansion.  The Subcommittee report indicated that it was unable to reach consensus among both stakeholders on a single recommended alternative to the initiative petition to expand the state’s bottle deposit law, essentially saying that both sides agreed to disagree.  Meanwhile, proponents of the bottle deposit expansion initiative petition filed their second round of signatures with the Secretary of State on July 2 prior to the deadline.

 

Comprehensive Recycling Works Launches Campaign

On July 2, a coalition of citizens, businesses, trade organizations, chambers of commerce and community organizations announced the launch of an official coalition to oppose a proposed ballot question that would expand bottle deposits and redemption fees on beverages sold in Massachusetts.  Members of the Comprehensive Recycling Works (CRW) coalition believe expanding redemption fees would harm the growth of curbside and single stream recycling programs by eliminating these valuable commodities from the waste stream.  CRW states that per ton, recycling through the deposit system is three times more expensive then curbside recycling.  Expanding the bottle deposit law targets less than 1% of the waste stream yet costs almost $60 million more annually.  To join and/or learn more click here.

 

WELFARE REFORM BILL PASSED BY LEGISLATURE AFFECTS RETAILERS

On June 30 the House and Senate passed a welfare reform bill (S2211) designed to reduce fraud and abuse and extend assistance to help more low-income families move off public assistance.  The proposal also contains a provision that creates a program to connect "able-bodied" individuals with full-time jobs before they start to receive any benefits.  It also restores a "full employment program" which seeks to place those receiving benefits in full-time jobs, and gives employers who hire individuals from the program eligibility for a health care subsidy for one year followed by a tax credit of $100 per month up to $1,200.  The bill also increases penalties for store owners who knowingly allow the purchase of prohibited products or services, such as Lottery tickets, with an EBT card by suspending their license to sell lottery tickets, tobacco products and/or alcohol for 30 days for any second or subsequent offense.  The proposal is now on the Governor’s desk.

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MFA NEWS SCAN JUNE 30, 2014


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