MFA NEWS SCAN NOVEMBER 6, 2014

MFA NEWS SCAN NOVEMBER 6, 2014


- Thursday, November 06, 2014

MA BOTTLE BILL EXPANSION BALLOT QUESTION DEFEATED – OTHER QUESTIONS DECIDED BY MA VOTERS On Tuesday, November 4 Massachusetts voters soundly voted against expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law, defeating the question by a margin of 73.4% to 26.6% across the state.

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MA BOTTLE BILL EXPANSION BALLOT QUESTION DEFEATED – OTHER QUESTIONS DECIDED BY MA VOTERS

On Tuesday, November 4 Massachusetts voters soundly voted against expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law, defeating the question by a margin of 73.4% to 26.6% across the state. 

Thanks to the many companies and members of MFA who participated in the campaign financially and/or through bag stuffers, announcements and distribution of campaign materials.  Through your efforts voters in Massachusetts soundly stated that they would rather recycle comprehensively through their curbside or drop-off systems, rather than expanding upon an outdated, expensive container collection system and dragging their trash back to the store.  This shows that by working together we as an industry are much stronger speaking with a unified voice.

Massachusetts voters also supported a repeal of the state’s gas tax via question 1 voting to pass the repeal by a margin of 52.8% to 47.2%.

A proposal to repeal the law allowing casinos in MA was defeated by a margin of 60.1% to 39.9% and a question requiring certain employees to offer paid sick time was approved by a margin of 59.6% to 40.4%.  MFA will be putting together a fact sheet on the new requirements of the paid sick time law, which goes into effect July 1, 2015.

In Massachusetts state office elections:

·         Republican Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate Karyn Polito beat Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan by a margin of 48.4% to 46.6%;

·         Democrat Deb Goldberg won the office of State Treasurer by a margin of 55.1% to 40.8% over Republican Mike Heffernan with 4.1% for Green Party candidate Ian Jackson;

·         Democrat William Galvin was re-elected Secretary of State by a margin of 68% to 28% over Republican David D’Arcangelo with 4% for Green Party candidate Daniel Factor;

·         Democrat Maura Healey won the office of Attorney General by a margin of 63% to 37% over Republican John Miller;

·         Democrat Suzanne Bump was re-elected State Auditor by a margin of 58% to 38% over Republican Patricia Saint Aubin with 4% for Green Party candidate MK Merelice.

In the State House, House Republicans picked up at least five seats to swell their ranks to 34 out of 160, and in the Senate the Republicans gained 2 seats, for a total of 6 out of 40.  As of this writing the winner of the 1st Essex District State Representative seat, which represents Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury was unclear.  Some of the key changes include:

·         Replacing Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth) is Vinny deMacedo the former Republican State Representative from Plymouth;

·         President Pro Tempore Senator Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge) was defeated by Ryan Fattman, the former Republican State Representative from Sutton.

We will have a complete breakdown on the elections soon, but in the meantime please contact the office if you have any questions.

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MFA NEWS SCAN NOVEMBER 6, 2014


- Thursday, November 06, 2014

MA BOTTLE BILL EXPANSION BALLOT QUESTION DEFEATED – OTHER QUESTIONS DECIDED BY MA VOTERS On Tuesday, November 4 Massachusetts voters soundly voted against expansion of the state’s bottle deposit law, defeating the question by a margin of 73.4% to 26.6% across the state.

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