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Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 04/2015

All week, both chambers and their respective finance committees have been working toward tonight’s third deadline of the session, by which committees must act favorably on major appropriation bills....more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015: After a long week of debate, the House adopted its version of the budget last Thursday night...

What's New - After a long week of debate, the House adopted its version of the budget last Thursday night. The Budget included $7 billion in spending. However, a proposal to borrow $500 million for building projects...more

The Economic Development Toolbox: "The Utility Player" - Tax Increment Financing

Tax increment financing (“TIF”) is a tool that is commonly used throughout the country to finance public infrastructure and other improvements. But while its use may appear to be fairly limited, TIF is actually extremely...more

The 198th Session Snapshot

As we say goodbye to 2014, we also say goodbye to the 2013-2014 legislative session. And while we’re looking forward to what’s to come in 2015-2016, we thought we’d take a moment to recap some of the best parts of the past...more

Savings, Solar, And Shade - Taking Advantage of Arizona’s Public School District Energy Contract Statutes

Arizona has abundant sun and heat. What it does not have in abundance is funding for school districts to construct any facilities or to pay ever increasing utility bills. Many districts are struggling to find the...more

August 1 Deadline Announced for Prop. 39 Funding for Small Schools - Under 1,000 ADA Schools Can Apply for Two Years of Funding...

Schools in California with less than 1,000 average daily attendance (ADA) have until August 1 to apply for two years worth of state funding to help with energy efficiency or renewable energy projects....more

Under The Dome: 2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation - State Of Maine 126th Legislature, 1st Regular Session...

Pierce Atwood LLP is pleased to provide a summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session, as well as legislation carried over to next year’s 2nd Regular Session. Laws and...more

California Schools to Receive $381 Million for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects - Money for Projects Funded by...

Yesterday, the Governor signed into law Senate Bill 73 (SB 73), which implements Proposition 39 (Prop. 39). Prop. 39 was approved by voters last year to provide California school districts, county offices of education,...more

Sequestration: Federal Subsidy Payments for BABS and Other Direct-Pay Subsidy Bonds will be Reduced 8.7%

Pursuant to the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, on March 1, 2013, the President issued the sequestration order which requires automatic spending cuts ("sequestration") as the result of Congress' failure to...more

Effect of Sequestration on Direct-Pay Bonds

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 allowed, for a limited period of time, the issuance of taxable state or local bonds for which the U.S. Treasury Department pays the issuer a specified percentage of interest...more

Marcellus Shale Impact Fee to Support Certain Projects for Governmental Entities, Councils of Government, Not-For-Profit Entities,...

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has begun accepting applications for five programs established by the Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures. On...more

Municipal Debt Reform Legislation Introduced in State Senate

Originally published in The Legal Intelligencer on February 26, 2013. A package of reform-minded bills has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and others that, if enacted,...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 1-11-13

In this week’s issue: - Legislature Completes Its First Week - Majority Party Discusses Its Legislative Agenda - New Constitutional Officers Sworn into Office - Federal Decision Issued Regarding MaineCare...more

Ten Things You Should Know About the 2012 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2012 session. Often referred to as the "short session" since its primary purpose is to adjust the second year of the biennial budget adopted in 2011, Legislators also...more

Nuclear Power Congress survey results

The nuclear revival continues, fueled by loan guarantees from the Obama administration and the increasing demand for cleaner energy sources. The first round of nuclear new build construction is on track to add 7 additional...more

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