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Weekly Wrap - It was a busy week in Harrisburg, with both the House of Representatives and the Senate here for one of only two weeks of voting session scheduled for this month. On Monday, the legislature continued...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: House Ways and Means Budget

On Monday, April 10th, the House Ways and Means Committee proposed a $40.3 billion budget for FY2018 that calls for increasing spending by 3.8 percent, or about $1.47 billion, above FY2017 levels. The spending increase is...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - April 2017

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The Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year in the early morning hours of Friday, sending to Governor Nathan Deal a major slate of bills, including a failing schools turnaround program, a pilot program for highly...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017

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The Georgia General Assembly will turn the page this evening on one of the session’s most frenzied legislative weeks, sprinting to the Crossover hard stop by which all non-budgetary bills must have cleared at least one...more

Governor Baker Files FY2018 Budget

On Wednesday, January 25th, Governor Charlie Baker announced a $40.508 billion budget for FY2018 that increases state spending by a projected $1.65 billion, or 4.3 percent, over FY2017 levels. The budget proposal, Baker’s...more

Governor Kasich Releases $144 Billion State Budget Proposal - What You Need to Know

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Yesterday, Governor Kasich released the executive version of the state’s two-year operating budget (Fiscal Years 2018-2019), which includes proposed spending of over $144 billion during the biennium. Similar to his previous...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Community College System Seeks Increase in State Funding - In the upcoming...more

IRS releases updated safe harbors for management contracts in tax-exempt bond-financed projects

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44. The purpose of this revenue procedure is to provide revised and broader “safe harbors” under which certain private management contracts will...more

IRS Relaxes Restrictions on Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Facilities

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The IRS on August 22, 2016 released long-anticipated Revenue Procedure 2016-44 (Rev. Proc. 2016-44), which substantially increases flexibility in, and provides a less formulaic approach to, the ability of a tax-exempt bond...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 51-56

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Californians must decide on 17 initiatives in the November election this year, and those are just the proposed measures of state-wide concern. Never mind the many local initiatives affecting counties and neighborhoods. The...more

10 Items of Note From the 2016 South Carolina Legislative Session

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The South Carolina General Assembly completed its 2016 regular session on June 2. The following are highlights from that session. 1. Highway Funding and SCDOT Restructuring - Legislation (S.1258) addressing road...more

Legislative Update

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Senate Passes Budget Bill (HB1030) - The State Senate passed its version of the 2016-17 spending plan this week, setting the stage for a conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers’...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016

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This Week - While the Senate was predominantly focused on the budget this week, the House moved forward with a number of high-profile issues. By a vote of 60-49, the House approved House Bill 1080, sponsored by Rep....more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016

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What's New - SENATE - Extended debate on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H. 3579) ended this week in the Senate when lawmakers passed the highly contested bill by a vote of...more

How will the March Primary and 2016 Legislative Session impact businesses operating in North Carolina?

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Given their potential impact on businesses operating in North Carolina, it’s important to watch the 2016 primary election results and this year’s Legislative session....more

2016 New York Legislative Session Preview

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With the delivery of the State of the State address and budget presentation on January 13, the New York legislative session finally began in earnest. As it does every year, the Governor's budget broadly outlines a roadmap for...more

Additional Analysis of Illinois Appellate Court Decision Finding Hospital Property Tax Exemption Unconstitutional

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A new chapter has been added to the long saga of property tax exemptions for hospitals in Illinois. Last week, an Illinois Appellate Court struck down as unconstitutional Section 15-86 of the Property Tax Code, which created...more

NC Legislative Update: 2015 Session in Review

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2015 Session in Review - The North Carolina General Assembly adjourned just after 4:00 in the morning on Wednesday September 30th, 2015. Barring the Governor calling legislators to return for a special session, the...more

NC Politics in the News

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CHARLOTTE BUSINESS JOURNAL: Incentives cap for N.C. urban areas removed from compromise bill - A compromise N.C. incentives bill exempts the state's urban areas from a cap on the value of incentives offered each year to...more

Medical Residents Held Subject to FICA

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In the case of University of Texas System v. U.S., 759 F.3d 437, (2014) the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2015 declined to review a decision of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals which, affirming the district court,...more

Religious Institutions Update: May 2015

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Religious institutions commonly keep ministry supporters and members abreast of developments through newsletters, correspondence and other communications. Sometimes, the developments reported are embarrassing to those...more

FICA Tax Student Exemption Resolution: Fifth Circuit Decision About Refunds of FICA Taxes Paid by Medical Residents Stands

FICA taxes, which fund the Social Security program, are not levied on state employees unless a state voluntarily opts in to the program. A state opts in by executing an agreement, commonly referred to as a “section 218...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/2015

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With committee deadlines out of the way and the last day of the session approaching, the Minnesota House and Senate went to work this week passing omnibus bills on the floor and appointing conference committee members....more

Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - April 24, 2015

Crossover is the deadline established by House and Senate Rules by which a House bill must be received by the Senate, and a Senate bill must be received by the House, in order to remain eligible for action for the rest of the...more

News from Second & State

Property tax has been the issue of the day for some time now, and this week was no different. Last week, the House Finance Committee held a public hearing on H.B. 860 (Saylor, R-York), a comprehensive property tax reform...more

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