Massachusetts Bottle Bill

Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute filed this request with the Department of Revenue of Massachusetts.
Tracking # 17-OIG-158
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From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:

The amount of funds transferred to the Department of Revenue pursuant to the “Bottle Bill” (M.G.L. c.94 §15) regarding unclaimed deposits for the past five fiscal years and the dispersion of these funds between the General Fund and the Clean Environment Fund over the past five fiscal years.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alexander Carlin Pioneer Institute

From: Randall, Roger H. (DOR)

Alexander Carlin

Pioneer Institute

Dear Mr. Carlin:

This is to acknowledge receipt of your public records law request. I do not know yet what records if any exist that are responsive to your request. I will inquire internally and will reply to you further.

Roger H. Randall,
Tax Counsel
Litigation Bureau
Mass. Dept. of Revenue
100 Cambridge Street, 7th Floor
Boston, Ma. 02114-9565

From: Randall, Roger H. (DOR)

Dear Mr. Carlin:

You have asked for “the amount of funds transferred to the Department of Revenue pursuant to the “Bottle Bill” (M.G.L. c.94 §15) regarding unclaimed deposits for the past five fiscal years and the dispersion of these funds between the General Fund and the Clean Environment Fund over the past five fiscal years.”

Abandoned Bottle Deposits are allocated 100% to the general fund by Department of Revenue; the Department does not control and is not involved in any subsequent re-allocation among funds.
Here are the Department of Revenue’s collections, by fiscal year:

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This is the information that we have that is responsive to your request.

Roger H. Randall,
Tax Counsel
Litigation Bureau
Mass. Dept. of Revenue
100 Cambridge Street, 7th Floor
Boston, Ma. 02114-9565

From: Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

Hi,

Thanks so much for your help with this request! I really appreciate it.

Sincerely,
Mary Connaughton Pioneer Institute

From: Randall, Roger H. (DOR)

Dear Ms. Connaughton,

This is the reply that I sent to Mr. Alexander Carlin on March 17, 2017:

Dear Mr. Carlin:

You have asked for “the amount of funds transferred to the Department of Revenue pursuant to the “Bottle Bill” (M.G.L. c.94 §15) regarding unclaimed deposits for the past five fiscal years and the dispersion of these funds between the General Fund and the Clean Environment Fund over the past five fiscal years.”

Abandoned Bottle Deposits are allocated 100% to the general fund by Department of Revenue; the Department does not control and is not involved in any subsequent re-allocation among funds.
Here are the Department of Revenue’s collections, by fiscal year:

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This is the information that we have that is responsive to your request.

Roger H. Randall,
Tax Counsel
Litigation Bureau
Mass. Dept. of Revenue
100 Cambridge Street, 7th Floor
Boston, Ma. 02114-9565

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