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Fate of Proposed Surtax on Millionaires Could Hinge on Three Simple Words

The plan to have Massachusetts collect about $2 billion more per year through a new 4% income surtax on millionaires seems to be encumbered by an unavoidable-but-possibly-fatal vulnerability. The weakness consists of...more

Legislative Update

House Passes Budget: This week was budget week at the General Assembly with the House passing a $22.22 billion budget by week’s end. The budget drew more bipartisan support than any other budget since the Republicans...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

This week, the Senate DFL majority released their budget targets, setting guidelines for committees to address the $900 million surplus. In their budget targets, $300 million will go toward tax relief. In addition, voluntary...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The second of three Minnesota legislative committee deadlines arrives tonight at midnight. By this second deadline, committees must act favorably upon a bill that met the first deadline in the other house, or the bill does...more

News from Second and State

The capitol was a hive of activity this week, with both House of Representatives and the Senate in session for the start of a two-week stretch before the primary election. On Monday, the House Health Committee reported out...more

New York Legislative Session Update - Final budget agreement reached

Labor policy - Minimum wage - The minimum wage proposal included in the budget will increase the minimum wage at different schedules, and to different maximum wage rates, depending on the region of the state. For...more

Congressional Hearing Examines Free Speech and Tax Constraints on Campus Political Activity

Campuses across the country are wrestling with how free speech, tolerance, diversity and politics mix in a higher education environment. Recently, the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee examined the...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016

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?

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

News from Second and State

With back-to-back budget hearings from Monday through Thursday, it was a busy week for members of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Monday kicked off with a lengthy and intense hearing in the Senate with...more

Congress Inquires About College and University Endowments

US House Committee on Ways and Means and US Senate Committee on Finance issue joint letter to colleges and universities with endowments greater than $1 billion. On February 8, the US Senate Committee on Finance and the...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 12, 2016

What's New - SENATE - Work on H. 3579, the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act, ramped up in the Senate this week. The Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday and Wednesday to hear from the...more

2016 New York Legislative Session Update

Hearings, hearings, hearings. As is the case every year, marathon joint budget hearings on the various issues areas in the Governor’s 2016-17 spending plan have consumed legislators during the end of January and beginning of...more

Worth Another Look: Jobs that Pay

Like last year, Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging the state legislature to provide for “jobs that pay” as part of the 2016-2017 budget. A robust economy that includes employment opportunities can help stave off property tax...more

Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda

With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016. As part of his second budget proposal since assuming...more

2016 New York Legislative Session Preview

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

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #3

What's New: Judicial Elections - This week, the Judicial Merit Selection Commission gave legislators a report of qualified candidates for the upcoming judicial races. Judicial elections will be held on...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly reconvened for the second regular session of the 121st General Assembly last Tuesday. The Senate mourned the loss of Senator Billy O’Dell (R-Abbeville) who passed away unexpectedly the...more

End of Year Legislative Agenda

With the House and Senate in recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday, there are now only a very limited number of scheduled legislative days left for the year – 12 in the House and 15 in the Senate – and there is...more

NC Legislative Update: 2015 Session in Review

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

News from Second and State

As promised last week, on Wednesday the House of Representatives held a vote on a portion of Governor Wolf’s budget proposal. The proposal was not a General Appropriations or “revenue spending bill”; it was a legislative...more

Now to End of 2015 – What to Expect?

Funding Crisis Averted & New Leadership in the House: A week ago no one could have predicted that the biggest story in Washington this week would not be the last minute avoidance of a government shutdown by passage of a...more

NC Politics in the News

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

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

On Monday afternoon, 76 days after the new fiscal year (FY) began, Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) held a press conference to unveil the details of the new...more

NC Legislative Update for September 2015

This Week - There was little action taking place in public this week at the North Carolina General Assembly. Both chambers kept relatively sparse calendars and neither chamber held any Committee meetings. The low...more

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