(Boston, MA) — Massachusetts dairy farmers are in line for a much-needed boost. Monday, lawmakers passed a bill that would allow farmers to tap into a fund created about 30 years ago. For years, farmers paid into the fund meant to protect them if processors ever refused to pay them for their milk. The largely unused fund has since grown to 2-million-dollars. Under the bill, a million of that will be disbursed, handing farmers checks for about 20-thousand a piece.
Federal authorities are stepping up security and asking Americans to be vigilant ahead of the holiday weekend.
The average purchase price rose by 4.9 percent, according to the latest figures.
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More than 40 million Americans are expected to hit the road for the long holiday weekend.