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Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 40 percent. The average combined federal and state tax rate paid by most U.S.-based firms, according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed by James Freeman today, entitled “The Tax Takeover Craze.” Freeman claims...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 15. The number of minutes it should take most Americans to do their taxes, according to potential GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published last night. ...more

New Rules on MLPs & Qualifying Income: What Oil Services and Exploration Companies Need to Know

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations defining qualifying income for Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”). MLPs are publicly traded partnerships that are taxed as a...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability - Avoiding Common Mistakes Companies Make When Operating Business Aircraft, May 19, 1:00-2:00 CST

Business aircraft operations are highly regulated by several government agencies. Structuring the ownership and operation of business aircraft in compliance with this regulatory environment is difficult and requires...more

Public-Private Partnership Bill Passes Georgia Senate to Pave Way for Widespread P3 in Georgia

Georgia may soon join the growing ranks of states with broad enabling legislation for all forms of public-private partnerships (or P3). Senate Bill 255 (2013) passed the Georgia State Senate on Monday, February 24, 2014, by a...more

$50 Billion In Federal Funds Proposed To Support P3s

The U.S. Senate is currently considering legislation that would establish the “American Infrastructure Fund,” a $50 billion fund that would help finance public-private partnerships (P3s) infrastructure projects prioritized by...more

Dumb Things Retirement Plan Sponsors Should Avoid Doing

Whoever said that there is no such thing as a dumb question obviously wasn’t in attendance at my Global History class in high school when someone asked whether it was true that if you take a picture of an Amish person, the...more

More Transportation P3s On The Horizon In South Florida And Nationally

We have written frequently about the potential for new transportation-related public-private partnerships (P3s). Recent posts on the topic have discussed Amtrak, UniversityCity at FIU, and PortMiami, among other area...more

East End Crossing Wins Bond Buyer Deal of the Year

Recognizing the innovative P3 approach to project delivery and financial structure for a major US infrastructure project, the Bond Buyer awarded the Indiana Finance Authority's private activity bonds for the East End Crossing...more

Indiana Finance Authority issues the Request for Proposals for the I-69 Section 5 Project

Continuing Indiana’s successful employment of availability payment model public-private partnership (“P3”) concessions, the Indiana Finance Authority (“IFA”) issued its second P3 Request for Proposals (“RFP”) to proposers...more

Trends In Social Infrastructure

FEDERAL, state and local budgets are in disarray in the United States. Funding at all levels is challenged, if not essentially unavailable, further exacerbated with political polarization in full swing. At the same time, in...more

Airports Lounges Aren’t Just for VIPs: Tips for Business Travelers

Airports Lounges Aren’t Just for VIPs: Tips for Business Travelers by Gary Cucchiara on September 17, 2013 Now that airlines have taken away most of the comforts of flying, airport lounges can be an oasis for weary...more

Congressional Caucus on Public-Private Partnerships Launched

Before departing Washington, DC for the traditional August Congressional recess, Congressmen Mike Rogers (R-AL-3) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA-11) announced that they are forming the Congressional Caucus on Public-Private...more

Indiana Finance Authority Shortlists 4 Proposers for its I-69 Section 5 Project

On July 31, 2013, the Indiana Finance Authority (“IFA”), in coordination with the Indiana Department of Transportation (“INDOT”), shortlisted four teams for its I-69 Section 5 Project (the “Project”) located between...more

Georgia Selects Private Partner to Finalize P3 Contract for Northwest Corridor Project

On July 23, the Georgia State Transportation Board (“STB”) voted to accept the selection of Northwest Express Roadbuilders (“NWER”) as the apparent best value proposer for the $840 million Northwest Corridor managed lanes P3...more

New York Appeals Court Issues Important Rule B And Maritime Corporate Veil-Piercing Decision; Lenient U.S. Maritime Law...

For the past sixty years, and until January 11, 2013, U.S. federal courts routinely have applied the comparatively expansive (and potentially creditor-friendly) "maritime law of veil piercing" when examining veil-piercing...more

It's All About Timing: PPP Payments

During the afterglow of the closings for the Chicago Skyway and Indiana Toll Road projects, transportation officials across the country viewed public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a panacea for the challenges caused by...more

Virginia Releases Draft P3 Pipeline for 2013 for Industry Comment

After achieving several P3 project milestones and awards in 2012, Virginia’s Office of Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (OTP3) on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia released a draft document entitled “2013...more

Global Recognition of US Infrastructure Projects and Transportation Agencies Continues at Partnerships Awards

As we previously reported in April, organizations that annually recognize top projects and industry organizations worldwide have proven that they are no longer focusing solely on mega-projects that are part of major...more

Caltrans and Metro Issue Request for Qualifications for the Accelerated Regional Transportation Improvements Project

The California Department of Transportation (“Caltrans”), in cooperation with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“Metro”), issued on May 31, 2013 a Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) for teams...more

Victorian Government Reforms PPP Policy to Support Infrastructure Growth

The Victorian State Government announced on 2 May 2013, significant reforms to its Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy to support infrastructure growth in Victoria (Policy). The Policy is aimed at encouraging private...more

Focus - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - IRS Audits: Understanding Criminal Rights and Risks - Amazing Clients®: Ravago: A Big Company with a Low Profile - When is a Mom not a Mom?: De Facto Parenting in Massachusetts - Can the...more

Case Study: A Landmark in the History of U.S. Public-Private Partnerships

“The $2.6 billion deal to lease San Juan’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to a private consortium is being watched by bankers and industry officials keen to import a business model that is widely used in Europe and...more

FDOT Receives SOQs for I-4 Ultimate Project

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced on April 19, 2013 that it accepted Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from seven proposers in response to a Request for Qualifications for the I-4 Ultimate Project. ...more

Maryland Transit Administration Issues RFI on New Purple Line and Red Line

This week the Maryland Transit Administration (“MTA”) issued a Request for Information (“RFI”) requesting private sector involvement to collect best practices for delivery and financing of the planned Maryland National...more

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