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Redeveloping Redevelopment: Recent Legislation

THE RISE AND (UNINTENDED) FALL OF REDEVELOPMENT IN CALIFORNIA. The rise and fall of redevelopment agencies in California has been extensively written about, including in this publication. The history of redevelopment...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 3 - March 2014

In This Issue: Court of Appeals Reverses Gaied “Permanent Place of Abode” Decision; ALJ Holds That Certain Data Processing Services Furnished to Broker-Dealers Are Not the Licensing of Software; Trial Court Allows...more

Underwater Mortgages: Can Eminent Domain Bail Them Out?

This article examines the constitutionality and possible implications of the plan being considered in several parts of the country to use the power of eminent domain to seize "underwater mortgages". The plan has been...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law September 12, 2013

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website): PKO Ventures, LLC v. Norfolk Redev’t &...more

Redevelopment Law Amendments Enacted in New Jersey

Governor Chris Christie signed into law this week A-3615, which makes several important changes to the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (the “Redevelopment Law”). These changes will impact developers, municipalities and...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 4, Issue 7 -- July 2013

In This Issue: - New York’s Highest Court Holds Retroactive Changes to Empire Zones Tax Credit Program Unconstitutional - Tribunal Upholds Applicability of Sales Tax to Environmental Testing and Monitoring...more

Paper Carryout Bag Charge Is Not A Tax

Taxpayers and a manufacturer of plastic bags challenged a county ordinance that prohibits retail stores from providing customers with plastic carryout bags and requires the stores to charge their customers ten cents for each...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: June 7, 2012

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court issued several opinions affecting the practice of Virginia local government law. The cases involve (1) an inverse condemnation claim against VDOT for flooding, (2) another application of...more

PA Tax Notes

Interest on Real Estate Tax Overpayments The Commonwealth Court has held that the provisions of the Local Taxpayer Bill of Rights apply to refunds of real estate taxes, requiring that interest be calculated from the...more

Marzulla Law Legal Report - February 2012

In This Newsletter: - Marzulla Law Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Standing of Municipal Taxpayers In February 2009, Highway J Citizens Group, U.A., an associationin southeastern Wisconsin that promotes...more

California Supreme Court Upholds Elimination of Redevelopment Agencies

In a highly anticipated decision, the California Supreme Court ruled on December 29, 2011, that legislation adopted in July to dissolve redevelopment agencies is constitutional, but that legislation adopted concurrently to...more

Legal Update: California Supreme Court Ruling Winds Up Redevelopment Agencies: Legislative Reform May be Next

In an opinion filed December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court upheld Assembly Bill 1X 26, which dissolves redevelopment agencies as of October 1, 2011. The opinion also invalidated Assembly Bill 1X 27, which provides...more

Update on Redevelopment Law: Governor Signs Trailer Bills to End Redevelopment Agencies Unless They Make Payments - Uncertainty...

This is the third in a series of blog entries monitoring the proposed elimination of redevelopment agencies. Governor Jerry Brown has approved the "all cuts" 2011-2012 budget for the State of California, in the process...more

Gov. Brown Proposes New Changes to California Enterprise Zone Program

California Gov, Jerry Brown recently issued his revised budget proposal. In his proposal, Gov. Brown once again targeted the Enterprise Zone program. However, rather than proposing to eliminate the program in its entirety,...more

PA Property Tax Notes: Mere Conveyance Not Justification For Reassessment

The Commonwealth Court has ruled that a reassessment issued following the purchase of a newly constructed home in a development constituted an impermissible "spot reassessment," in violation of the Fourth to Eighth Class...more

Classifying to Not Tax Residential Property: Constitutional? FFW Enterprises v Fairfax County

Constitutional issues related to classification of property for taxation were at issue in FFW Enterprises v. Fairfax County, another opinion issued by the Virginia Supreme Court on November 4, 2010. Specifically at issue...more

Township “Flat Tax” on Business Upheld

The Commonwealth Court, in an unreported opinion, has affirmed a decision of the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County, which held that a business privilege “flat tax” ordinance passed by Warrington Township did not violate...more

‘Tis the Season

It occurred to me that the Virginia Local Government Law blog ought to say something about the legal issues that face local governments at the holidays. And there are many. This time of year, there are the seasonal First...more

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