Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) has named MWFPA as a Fruits & Veggies-More Matters Champions for 2016. The acknowledgment is in recognition of the association’s support for the national public health campaign and for PBH.
MWFPA was among 30 champions and will be formally recognized at an awards luncheon during PBH’s Annual Conference, The Consumer Connection in Scottsdale, Ariz., April 5-7. Read more.
Prohibiting the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages and other “unhealthy” foods and beverages with SNAP benefits, also known as food stamps, likely would not discourage their consumption, but would be costly and difficult for retailers to implement, industry stakeholders argued on Capitol Hill last week. Read more from Foodnavigator-usa.
New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for food manufacturing when measured by value of shipments. The state’s $43.7 billion in food shipments during 2015 placed it behind Wisconsin, Texas and California. Read the MWFPA news release.
IL Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his third budget address and praised lawmakers for working with their partners across the aisle toward a balanced budget.
Rauner told legislators assembled at the state capitol that Illinois has to stop playing the blame game and look to the future.
During his speech he again called for redistricting reform, term limits for elected officials, workers compensation reform, pension reform, and a property tax freeze, which has been passed by the House, as ways to encourage job creators to come to the state.
Rauner repeated that increasing taxes is not the answer to the state’s budget problems, and there must be economic growth that is faster than government spending. He said he would not support the Senate’s plan to expand the state sales tax to include groceries and medicine.
His budget proposal for FY 2018 contains spending that exceeds revenue by $4.6 billion, but will be balanced once he negotiates the “grand bargain” with the General Assembly.
Illinois has not had a state budget since July of 2015 and the state government continues operating mostly through court orders and spending appropriations. A stop-gap budget that was passed last year expired in January.