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Topic: Credit and Collections: The Keys to Increasing Your Recoveries by Mark Kirkorsky
Also, Presentation of APMA's 2013 Legislator of the Year Awards
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Industry News for April 11, 2014
UST Legislation and Arizona State Budget Update
During continued Budget negotiations behind the scenes last weekend, opponents of redirecting the $.01 (penny) per gallon UST tax away from the state highway fund sought to delay that redirection until the end of the next fiscal year (July 1, 2015). APMA battled back and negotiated a compromise with assistance from Senate President Andy Biggs. A final amendment adopted by the budget conference committee on Monday sets the redirection of the penny to the UST assurance account for January 1, 2015.
The $9.23 Billion budget has now been approved by both the House and Senate and awaits Governor Brewer’s action. Insiders expect the Governor to sign the budget bills, though she has not made a move to do so yet. Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer opined, “This is not a perfect budget; no budget is. But this spending package, passed in a timely manner by the Legislature, will serve our state well. For that our lawmakers and governor deserve a lot of credit."
REMINDER about Arizona CBG and 7.0 RVP Transitions
On May 1, 2014, Area C transitions to Arizona CBG for the summer months. All product transfer documents after May 1 must indicate Arizona CBG. Click here for ADWM's map of Area C. By June 1, 2014, all product in Area A and Area C must also have an RVP limit of 7.0 at the retail level.
Arizona News: Yesterday, Secretary of State Ken Bennett was the first gubernatorial candidate to turn in the signatures he needs to be placed on the ballot and the $5 contributions required to qualify for funding under Arizona’s Clean Elections law. Bennett is the first candidate to turn in contributions or nominating signatures. Clean Elections provides just over $750,000 in primary funding for the governor’s race and allows candidates to raise about $50,000 as well. Traditionally funded candidates can begin filing their signatures on April 28.
NACS News: FDA Ready to Rule on Electronic Cigarettes; High Gas Prices No Longer Fueling a Decline in American Driving; OPIS Analyst Kloza Outlines Industry Challenges; NACS Asks Congress to Support Online Lottery Legislation; GM Puts $449 Million to Develop Electric Cars; EPA Administrator Discusses Renewable Fuel Standard; Companies Will Shell Out $500 Billion to Fix Data Breaches; EIA: Summer Fuels Outlook
Industry News for April 4, 2014
UST Legislation and Arizona State Budget Update
In light of the UST Legislative Study Committee’s need for an actuarial study before a new UST program begins, the APMA Legislative and UST Committees identified the top priority for the 2014 legislative session to be a redirection of the $.01 (penny) per gallon UST Tax to UST purposes, instead of going to the state highway fund, as required in last year’s SB 1080.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Arizona Senate adopted a floor amendment offered by Senate President Andy Biggs to HB 2708 (one of the budget bills) that would do several things on the UST front. First, it suspends the transfer of monies from the UST assurance account to the state highway fund. These revenues will be able to accumulate for about a year (which would be a value of approximately $26 Million) as a new UST program is finalized. The amendment includes legislative intent language saying that the funds must go towards this revised UST program. Second, it extends ADEQ’s existing red tag authority to failure to maintain financial responsibility (which is already required by law), but only after a 30 day notice and cure period. The Floor Amendment explanation and bill language are attached.
Some in the Governor’s office are opposed to directing the penny away from the highway fund. The red tag authority provision was a necessary “give” during negotiations between APMA and the Governor’s office in order to achieve our top goal for this session.
The House of Representatives did not concur in the Senate’s amendments to the budget bills, so they are now headed to a conference committee. The Governor has threatened to veto if certain priorities are not in the budget when sent to her desk, so it remains to be seen what will happen. APMA will be closely monitoring budget developments and ensuring the UST provisions remain in play.
NACS News: Denver Drops Credit Card Swipe Fees; End of Windows XP Support Ups Risk of ATM Cyber Attacks; Convenience Stores Hit Record In-Store Sales in 2013; Congress Passes 40-Hour Legislation; FDA Sends Final Menu-Labeling Rules to White House
Highway Users News: Boxer: Congress ‘Running out of Time’ on Highway Funding
Industry News for March cialis online cheap 28, 2014
Arizona News: The state budget action moved to the Arizona House of Representatives this week. After a week of bargaining, House Republicans approved a $9.24 billion fiscal year 2015 budget plan late Thursday night. The House-approved budget includes changes from what the Senate passed last week, so it will head back to the Senate for approval before it can go to the Governor’s desk. It is unclear at this point whether the current version would receive Governor Brewer's signature or veto. APMA lobbyists are continuing to work on a budget amendment to redirect the $.01 per gallon UST sales tax back to a UST-related fund, rather than being diverted to the State Highway Fund.
NACS Call to Action: NACS Issues Call to Action on Full-Time Employee Legislation
NACS News: Appeals Court Overturns Debit Rule; Super-sized Gas Stations Fuel Anger of Locals; US Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Online Lottery Sales; NACS releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data; Walmart Sues Visa Over Swipe Fees; Placing Healthier Options in Your Stores
When: THURSDAY, April 17, 2014 - 7:30 am shotgun start
Where: McCormick Ranch Golf Course
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Warren Lueth (APMA PMAA Director; Senergy Petroleum) and Amanda Gray (APMA Executive Director) attended the PMAA Fall Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on October 11-12, 2013. The PMAA Board discussed the Renewable Fuel Standard, E15 and more. For a full update, click here.