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South Carolina Legislative Update

Several of the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee’s budget subcommittees met last week to hear from various agencies on appropriations. The Senate sent the House several bills, including one bill extending the time in...more

Conservative Support for a Carbon Tax? Hope Springs Eternal

I have long thought that the best argument for market-based approaches to climate change mitigation was the clunkiness of the alternative. However much time EPA has spent trying to make the GHG regulations efficient, no one...more

NC Legislative Update for March 2015 #3

Last Week - Session came to a sudden halt Monday evening in the Senate after a three-judge panel ruled with Gov. McCrory in a separation of powers lawsuit against the state legislature. The Governor filed the suit...more

Washington Update: Part II - FY 2016 Federal Budget: What You Need to Know

Both the House and Senate Budget Committees last week introduced and marked up initial drafts of their respective budget resolutions for fiscal year 2016. Each year Congress decides - or is supposed to decide - how much to...more

Wolf Budget Proposes Extraction Tax

On March 10, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf-(D) provided the text of his proposed changes to the Tax Reform Code of 1971 that would levy a tax on the extraction of natural gas in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ...more

Colorado Energy Legislation 2015: Where Do We Stand at the Session Midpoint?

This past Saturday marked the midpoint of the First Regular Session of the 70th General Assembly of the State of Colorado. Having had 60 days to watch legislators in action, we now have a fairly good idea where the General...more

Court Strikes Down Surcharge on Utility Users Imposed Under a Franchise Agreement

Surcharge Collected for General Revenue Purposes Under a Franchise Agreement must be Approved by Voters - A surcharge on electric utility bills collected by a power company pursuant to a franchise agreement and remitted...more

Municipal Utility’s Recurring Budget Transfer to General Fund Requires Voter Approval

On February 19, the Third District Court of Appeal issued an order denying requests by both parties for a rehearing of its recent decision, Citizens for Fair REU Rates v. City of Redding. This decision held that a municipal...more

DOE Increases Funding For Clean And Renewable Energy In 2016 Budget Request

On February 2, 2015, the White House released the 2016 fiscal year budget request for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Under this proposed plan, DOE would receive $29.9 billion, an increase of $2.6 billion from the 2015...more

Key Energy-Related Tax Provisions in the 2016 Budget Proposal

In This Issue: - Modify and Permanently Extend the Production Tax Credit - Enhance and Make Permanent the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit - Provide Carbon Dioxide Investment and Sequestration Tax...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Hearing Examines ICD-10 Preparedness... HHS Announces Oncology Care Model Initiative... Pennsylvania Governor Abandons Alternative Medicaid Expansion Approach for Traditional Plan....more

NC Legislative Update - February 2015 #2

Budget Season Comes Early - On Tuesday and Wednesday, the various Appropriations committees met for their first round of joint House and Senate meetings to review their respective provisions of the previous year’s base...more

2/15: Nothing in Life is Certain but Death and Tax Extenders: The Corporate Tax Provisions of H.R. 5771

When Congress met at the end of last year, the primary objective for the meeting was clear - to prevent taxes from slowing the recovery that the economy has enjoyed for the last several years. ...more

The President’s Groundhog’s Day Budget Casts a Shadow on Some but Offers Sunshine for Others

On February 2nd, President Obama released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget request to Congress. Along with the budget, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) released a volume called “General Explanations of the...more

Obama Administration’s FY 2016 budget would modify LIHTCs, permanently extend NMTC and energy tax credits

As in prior years, the Obama administration’s FY 2016 budget includes a number of impactful, and generally positive, tax credit proposals. With respect to the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), the budget retains many of...more

Keystone Debate a Sign of Things to Come in 114th Congress

On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, by a vote of 62-47, with all Republicans and eight Democrats voting for the legislation. ...more

ML Strategies: Keystone XL Pipeline Dominates Congressional Energy Debates to Start New Year

Energy and environment debates are heated in Washington this week, as the Senate continues negotiations over the Keystone XL pipeline and Congressional tax reform debates get underway. Lawmakers have already introduced more...more

NC Politics In The News

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: New economic development strategy is in the works Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he is working on a new economic development strategy for North Carolina, but it is too early to release details....more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California Governor Brown calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 - Greentech Media - Jan 5: California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling...more

Budget Negotiations and Business Tax Issues Likely to Impact Pennsylvania Employers Amid Fiscal Crisis

Pennsylvania’s employers need to pay close attention to the developing fiscal crisis confronting Pennsylvania policy makers in the months ahead. None of Pennsylvania’s major industries should conclude that they are protected...more

Court Holds Transfer of Electric Utility Revenues to City's General Fund Through Annual Budget Approval is a Tax under Prop. 26

Payment in Lieu of Taxes Increased After the Adoption of Proposition 26 is not Grandfathered-In - A city’s annual budget transfer from its electric utility to its general fund, referred to as a payment in lieu of taxes...more

Governor Inslee Proposes $1.5 Billion of New Revenue, Including a 7 Percent Personal Tax on Capital Gains

Washington Governor Jay Inslee recently released his proposed budget for 2015-17, which includes approximately $1.5 billion of new and increased taxes the Governor is marketing as “improving Washington’s unfair and outdated...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Governor’s Budget Proposal Released - On January 9th, Governor LePage submitted his biennial budget proposal to the 127th Maine Legislature. This document is the blueprint for state taxing and spending over the next...more

ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 1/13/2015

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - The 114th Congress and the final two years of the Obama Administration include a full energy and environment agenda....more

Senate Passes Tax Extender Legislation

On December 16, 2014, the Senate followed the House of Representatives and passed tax extender legislation that is expected to be signed by the President. The final package that passed would retroactively extend incentives...more

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