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PA Budget Watch

On Tuesday June 30th, Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a 2015-16 budget with no new taxes and sent it to Democrat Governor Tom Wolf who promptly vetoed the bill and called upon legislative...more

Reauthorization of GSP may allow refund of two years of import duties

On June 29, 2015, almost two years after it was allowed to lapse, President Obama renewed the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program. GSP allows duty-free imports into the United States of qualifying goods from...more

Health Care Update - June 2015 #4

In This Issue: - Pathway for Bipartisanship following King v. Burwell - Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News - Upcoming Congressional...more

Alabama 2015 Regular Session Legislative Summary: June 2015

The Alabama Senate adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 4, and the Alabama House of Representatives met for their last day on Thursday, June 11. Although the legislature passed a record-setting, $6 billion Education Trust...more

Tax Policy Update

The top estate tax rate under Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ proposal to tax the wealthiest Americans and narrow income inequality in the U.S. The proposal splits the estate tax into four brackets...more

Carried Interests – Here We Go Again

Following up on last week’s blog post on carried interests, a new bill was introduced Friday in the House of Representatives targeting carried interests. This bill, H.R. 2889, is titled the Carried Interest Fairness Act of...more

NC Legislative Update for June 2015 #4

This Week - This week at the General Assembly was relatively dull compared to the last few weeks. The House Finance Committee used two meetings, Tuesday and Thursday, to review and discuss the tax package portion of the...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The House voted not to concur with the Senate’s budget proposal Tuesday in a unanimous vote of 112-0, setting off budget negotiations between the two chambers that could last well into the summer. In rejecting the Senate’s...more

New Judges Appointed to the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal

The Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment: The Honourable Guy R. Smith, a sole practitioner in Ottawa,...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. Legislature Plans Long Day - Early this past Wednesday morning, the Maine House and Senate...more

Hawai’i Enacts Legislation Creating Community-Based Renewable Energy Program

A law that could significantly expand access to renewable energy generation in Hawai’i through a new community-based renewable energy program was approved by Governor David Ing on June 8, 2015. While the new law is couched in...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $3 Trillion. The projected addition to the federal deficit over 10 years if Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul’s flat-tax proposal went into effect, according to a Tax Foundation analysis of the...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Leading Up to the SCOTUS King v. Burwell Decision... House Votes to Repeal the Medical Device Tax... CMS Announces It Will Bolster Transitional Reinsurance Payments... MedPAC Releases June Report to Congress....more

The Assessment Of Common Area Land: Indiana Tax Court Rejects Taxpayers’ Appeals, General Assembly Creates A New Exemption

Indiana allows taxpayers to correct certain property tax assessment mistakes using a Form 133 Petition for Correction of an Error. In Muir Woods, Inc. v. Marion County Assessor (June 18, 2015), the Indiana Tax Court held...more

More Evidence Gathered in Whistleblower Claim Against ALEC

New evidence from nonprofit advocacy organizations Common Cause and the Center for Media and Discovery bolsters claims that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been falsely portraying itself as a tax-exempt...more

24 Months Through the Crystal Ball: Emerging Trends in State and Local Taxation (Part II)

This is the second of two articles guiding taxpayers through the next 24 months of state taxation’s turbulent waters. In this article, we address three additional significant trends. Corporate Income Taxation: Heat and...more

Blog: Congress Takes Step Towards Scrapping Device Tax

Last week, the House of Representatives voted 280-140 to pass H.R. 160, a bill that eliminates the 2.3 percent medical device tax. The vote was strongly bipartisan with 46 Democrats joining all Republicans voting in favor of...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 Approved by Legislature - Early Wednesday morning the Maine House and Senate...more

Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2015 Regular Session; Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Senate adjourned late Thursday afternoon, June 4, leaving a number of pending bills on the table. Although the legislature passed a record-setting $6 billion Education Trust Fund budget, the issue that pervaded...more

Baker Calls for Industry Input on Regulatory Review and Economic Development Strategy

Responding to criticisms that state regulations are burdensome and make Massachusetts a more costly and less competitive place to live and do business, Governor Charlie Baker signed Executive Order 562 to simplify the...more

Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

On June 11, 2015, Senator Ron Wyden introduced the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, a bill that would promote continued job creation in the growing craft beverage, cider, wine and distillery industries...more

Special Session: Signed, Sealed and Delivered

The illusive Special Session lived up to its hype. Despite the close proximity of the two temporary chambers in the State Office Building, the bodies were far apart in their desired outcome for the session. After...more

Nevada Legislature Changes Procedure For Certain Bonds (AB 170)

AB 170, a bill amending NRS 350.020 passed by the Nevada Legislature, was signed by the Governor on June 11, 2015. It amends subsection 3 of NRS 350.020 which specifies the procedures to be followed to issue general...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

The Senate budget process continued this week, though at a slower pace than members had planned for in the schedule released last month. Budget votes originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday of this week were delayed...more

Proposition 218 Guide for Special Districts

In this Guide: - Taxes (Article XIII C) - Assessments, Fees and Charges (Article XIII D) - Assessments (Article XIII D, Sections 4 And 5) - Property-Related Fees and Charges (Article XIII D,...more

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