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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Appropriations Committee Ramps up Budget Work - The Chairs of the budget writing committee...more

Medical Device Tax Repeal Heating Up

Following up on the hearing from B. Braun Medical Inc. advocating for the repeal of the medical device tax, according to news sources, more than a dozen House Democrats are pressuring leadership to advance a bill repealing...more

DOL Re-Proposes Fiduciary Rule

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) re-proposed its rule expanding the definition of fiduciary. A re-proposed fiduciary definition was initially released in October of 2010, but the Department of Labor...more

Tax Law Blog: Tapping into Beer Tax Reform

Unknowing to the casual beer drinker, at the bottom of your pint glass, a tax battle is brewing. As the craft beer industry continues to boom, the margins of many craft breweries has continued to tighten. Representatives of...more

NC Legislative Update for May 2015 #3

This Week - The end of the week at the General Assembly marked the official beginning of the House budget process. The various House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs have been meeting behind closed doors for weeks...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures, Full Committee Action Scheduled…Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Chair Hatch to Launch New Initiative on Improving Chronic Care for Medicare Patients…Hawaii’s...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Tax Code Amendments Proposed to Facilitate Foreign Investment in REITs and U.S. Commercial Properties

On April 30, 2015, Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Joe Crowley (D-NY), both members of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, introduced legislation intended to encourage foreign investment in United States real...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina Senate finished their budget deliberations and adopted the over $7 billion budget last week. Highlights include: an $800 bonus to state employees; an 11% raise for members of the judiciary, circuit...more

News from Second and State

This week, each chamber fired its opening salvo in the budget debate, giving us a preview as to what’s likely to be up for discussion come June. In the Senate, it was three quick days of debate on S.B. 1 (Corman, R-Centre), a...more

Week in Review – May 2015 #3

Fishing for Budget Numbers - Gov. Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Bakk (DFL-Cook) and House Speaker Daudt (R-Crown) reportedly caught lots of fish last weekend, but no luck with agreed upon budget numbers. Leaders have...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Work Continues, Gains Momentum in Appropriations - As the clock ticks towards the...more

Changing the Rules in the Middle of the Game: Oregon Supreme Court Allows Prospective Modifications to Public Pension Benefits

The national debate on public pension plans is beginning to resonate in the court system. On April 30, 2015, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of two legislative amendments that modified certain benefits...more

Business Tax Reform High Priority

Last week, I was at the ABA Tax Section meeting in DC, and one refrain that I heard over and over is that tax reform is a major priority for Congress. The Obama administration has basically shut down the possibility of...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

Arizona Attorney General Opinion Embraces Taxpayer-Funded (Political) Advocacy: Potential Pitfalls for Businesses and Nonprofits

The Office of the Arizona Attorney General recently sparked debate by issuing an opinion advising two county attorneys that they may use public resources to disseminate messages about the dangers of marijuana use ahead of the...more

California Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (1st Quarter 2015)

Regulatory Updates - GO-Biz Rolls Out First Awards of 2015 For fiscal year 2015, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (“GO-Biz”) is authorized to award $151.1 million in California Competes Tax...more

Louisiana Severance Tax Exemptions in Jeopardy

The 2015 Louisiana legislative session is in full swing and the lawmakers are dealing with a projected $1.6 billion budget shortfall. Of the many tax credits, exemptions and deductions that are in the legislature’s...more

FIRPTA Changes Coming?

It is a pleasure to see something coming out of Congress these days that seeks to attract foreign investment, instead of repelling it. A recent bill by Representatives Brady and Crowley seeks to modernize FIRPTA by expanding...more

News from Second & State

It was all hands on deck this week, with two bills to amend the Tax Reform Code on the House voting schedule. These bills, if called up, would have been perfect vehicles for Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed changes to the...more

$400 Million Surplus Could Trigger Corporate Tax Rate Reduction

North Carolina state officials have announced a projected $400 million revenue surplus for the current fiscal year. The anticipated surplus is mainly due to higher income tax payments and lower refunds compared to last year....more

Bill introduced in Senate to create permanent LIHTC rate floors

On May 5, 2015, Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the “Improving the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Rate Act” (S. 1193), which would create a permanent 9% minimum low-income housing tax credit...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 1,462. The total number of comments received by the Senate Finance Committee’s five bipartisan tax reform working groups in response to the committee’s request for public input on overhauling the nation’s...more

Estate Tax Planning Prevents Heirs From Having To Liquidate Estate

Readers may have heard that the Housing of Representatives passed a bill last month that would repeal the estate tax. The bill, which passed on a vote of 240 to 179, is largely backed by Republicans, with Democrats mostly...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: House E&C Releases Discussion Draft of 21st Century Cures Legislation Ahead of Legislative Hearing... FDA Finalizes Biosimilar Guidance Documents... CMS Updates Wage Index and Payment Rates for the Medicare Hospice...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House and Senate were extremely busy this week – The Senate Finance Committee approved their version of the over $6 billion appropriation bill, which includes a $236 million bond provision for higher education, technical...more

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