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Weekly Wrap - Today marks just one week until the June 30 budget deadline. Seven days. A mere 168 hours to finish hashing out an over $30 billion state spending plan to carry us through the next fiscal year. While we still...more

Clarifying the status of Gainful Employment and Borrower Defense to Repayment

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During the second term of the Obama administration, the U.S. Department of Education promulgated several complex regulatory packages. Among the most significant and controversial were the Gainful Employment (“GE”) rule,...more

Office of Civil Rights Field Instructions Signal Shift in Approach

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It was revealed last week that Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Candice E. Jackson, issued instructions to OCR regional directors on June 6, 2017, addressing the processing of complaints in...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 13

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Internal House GOP Budget Feud Threatens Agenda: House GOP efforts to write a fiscal 2018 budget are deadlocked amid Republican infighting, a divide that threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s agenda by stalling tax...more

News From Second & State

Weekly Wrap - As we close out week two of “budget month,” there’s not a whole lot to report on that front. After the Governor signed the long awaited pension reform bill on Monday, House Majority Leader Dave Reed...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/19-6/23

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Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

U.S. States, Cities, & Corporations Unite to Uphold Paris Climate Accord

On June 1st, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate accord, sparking serious concern about the future of global efforts to mitigate climate change. In response,...more

FY2018 Massachusetts Budget Update: Final Senate Budget

On May 25, 2017, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously approved a $40.84 billion FY2018 budget by a 38-0 roll call vote. Over three days of debate, Senators considered 1,031 amendments to the budget proposed by the Ways and...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 12

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Budget - Freedom Caucus Proposed to Cancel August Recess: The House Freedom Caucus has called on Republican leadership to cancel the August recess to continue work on the budget, tax reform and other GOP priorities...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/12-6/16

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Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

Check Please: OCR’s Future in the Wake of Proposed Budget Cuts

Published reports indicate that President Trump’s proposed budget includes what is approximately a fifty percent reduction in the prior fiscal year’s funding for the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - It was a quiet week at the Capitol, as the Memorial Day holiday meant no session for either chamber. Other than a few House Policy Committee hearings, the last few days leading up to the June budget crunch...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Budget Negotiations Continue, Conference Committees Focus on Policy

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On May 30, three days following the adjournment of the 2017 First Special Session, Governor Mark Dayton signed all budget bills, the tax bill and a bonding bill to conclude the work of the 2017 Minnesota Legislature —...more

With Eye on Legislative Purse Strings, Public University Board Promotes Former Rep

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The board of trustees of Salem State University voted 7-3 on May 24 to elevate John Keenan, a lifelong resident of Salem, former state rep and former House chair of a powerful legislative committee, to the presidency of the...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

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Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

Saskatchewan will use notwithstanding clause to protect school choice for parents and students - Decision being appealed

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Both defendants have appealed the ruling of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, which held that government funding of non-Catholics in Catholic schools is unconstitutional. The trial judge ruled that the Saskatchewan...more

110th Tennessee General Assembly Session Ends for 2017

The Tennessee Legislature completed its first session of the 110th General Assembly this Wednesday. The flag flying over the Capitol, signifying the body is in session, was taken down. The General Assembly will reconvene on...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 9

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Agriculture - Lawmakers to Introduce Organic Research Funding Bill: A bipartisan trio of House lawmakers were set to introduce legislation late May 16 that would boost Department of Agriculture funding for research into...more

NC Legislative Update: May 2017 #2

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This Week - The Senate budget dominated the NCGA this week. Senate leadership released their spending proposal late in the evening on Tuesday and held Committees throughout the day on Wednesday before second reading on...more

News from Second and State

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

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - May 5, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 7

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Spending Bill: The U.S. Senate cleared legislation to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year, sending it to President Trump for his signature. The vote was 79-18 on H.R. 244, which provides $1.1t in base...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Has Spoken - May 2017

We had written earlier about the proposed bills that the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at its March 8, 2017 meeting. The Committee subsequently voted favorably on a...more

Govt Funding of non Catholics in Catholic schools held Unconstitutional

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This recent decision of the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench, Good Spirit School Division No. 204 v. Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 212 interprets the age-old constitutional guarantees for...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 28, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 6

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Budget Release: Congressional staff is suggesting that the President’s full 2018 budget should be released on May 22nd. Continuing Resolution: The House gave lawmakers one more week to agree on a spending bill to fund...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

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