Before taking a week break and after passing the halfway mark of the 2021 regular session, the Alabama Senate approved the state’s largest ever education budget. The House approved the General Fund budget last week. The Legislature reconvenes Tuesday, March 30.
Next week, restaurant workers join the critical workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and the National Guard begins three weeks of mobile vaccination clinics in 24 rural Alabama counties.
Keep reading for this week’s top stories of interest to retailers. The next Retail Report will be April 2.
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THIS WEEK IN RETAIL NEWS
Visa, Mastercard delay merchant fee increases until April 2022 (bloomberg.com)
- Retailers call for permanent delay of swipe fee increases (nrf.com)
- Public pressure secures delay in interchange fee hike (rila.org)
Entertainment district bills moving; Elmore County draft beer on governor’s desk; increase in daily cap at small breweries/distilleries gets panel OK: and drive-thru or walk-up beer and wine proposed (alabamaretail.org)
Clarification of who is an employee for tax purposes ready for final OK (alabamaretail.org)
Doctors and dentists: Medicaid reimbursements increase for COVID-19 vaccine administration (medicaid.alabama.gov)
- Pharmacies and physicians: Medicare reimbursement for vaccine increases from about $28 to about $40 (cms.gov)
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