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Proposed Bonds to Encourage Public Private Partnerships And Improve Infrastructure

The nation’s infrastructure is in need of dire repair. On February 2, 2015, to encourage private investments in infrastructure through public-private partnerships (“P3s”) and as part of his 2016 proposed budget, President...more

Enhanced Infrastructure Districts: A Flexible New Tool for Local Governments

After the dissolution of California redevelopment agencies (RDAs) in 2011, many local governments desired a tool to raise capital to invest in infrastructure and community revitalization. On September 29, 2014 SB 628 was...more

Under Construction - March 2015

Welcome to the spring edition of our Under Construction newsletter. There have been some interesting legal changes that have taken place recently with the potential to significantly impact the construction...more

States Take More Active Role in Surface Transportation Funding

Fiscal constraints on state budgets coupled with continued uncertainty with respect to future levels of federal surface transportation funding have led states to diversify the funding sources for their transportation...more

Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance Promotes Alternate Source of Transportation Funding

The Second Annual Conference of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) was held in Washington, DC on February 24, 2015. The MBUFA is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and education about mileage-based...more

Are You Complying? New 2015 Laws Affecting Public Agencies

Community leaders need to be attentive to the new laws that will take effect in 2015 that deal with issues specifically relating to cities, special districts and other public agencies. These new laws cover everything from...more

State and Federal Departments of Labor Joining Forces to Fight Employee Misclassification

Last month, major North Carolina newspapers ran a series of investigative reports alleging that construction companies with federal contracts routinely misclassify employees as independent contractors. While these articles...more

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private...

Four bills affecting infrastructure financing districts, a funding mechanism for infrastructure and development projects that benefit the broader community, were recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. IFDs, created in 1990,...more

California Court of Appeal Allows Taxpayer Lawsuit Against Contractors on Public Works Projects

Public works contractors: Beware of accusations of corruption. In Gilbane Building Company v. Superior Court, 223 Cal.App.4th 1527 (2014), an appellate court cleared the way for taxpayers to sue contractors for engaging in...more

Establishing A Property’s Tax Valuation – Earlier is Better

Few developers think of spending precious time and resources on working with a municipality to determine the appropriate property tax valuation method and an estimated preliminary value of a real estate project during the...more

Alabama's New Sales Tax Exemption Procedure For Contractors And Subcontractors Beginning On January 1, 2014

The Alabama legislature recently passed Act 2013-205 granting the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) the authority to issue certifications of exemption to contractors for work on certain governmental construction projects....more

Taxation on Indian Reservations: To Balance or Not to Balance, That Is the Question

Introduction - The ability of the states to impose a tax upon transactions occurring on an Indian reservation has evolved substantially in the past 50 years. After numerous court decisions, the Indian preemption...more

Under Construction - September 2013: Arizona Contractors and Design Professionals Receive Additional Protections Under Arizona’s...

For good reason, much of the focus for Arizona contractors during the recently-concluded legislative session was on transaction privilege tax (TPT) reform. That bill, HB 2111, was ultimately signed by the Governor, but only...more

Burr Alert: 2013 Alabama Sales And Use Tax Legislation

On May 9, 2013, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed into law House Bill 419, which relates to construction projects for governmental entities who are exempt from sales and use taxes. HB419 permits the Alabama...more

Government Contractor Exemption Bill Passes House

On April 9, the House of Representatives passed HB 419 on a vote of 89-6. The bill, sponsored by Representative Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) among others and championed by the Alabama Chapter of the Associated Builders &...more

HB16 Would Make Significant Changes to Economic Development in Alabama

Representative Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham) has introduced HB16, the Alabama Economic Development and Fiscal Accountability Act, for the upcoming legislative session that would make substantial changes to economic development...more

"Nevada Jobs First" Act Alters Nevada Preference Requirements on Public Works Contracts to the Detriment of Nevada General...

With little fanfare earlier this year, the Nevada Legislature passed and Governor Brian Sandoval signed into law Assembly Bill 144, which is designed to increase the number of Nevada residents employed on public works...more

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