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BakerHostetler's Shale Oil and Gas Industry 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Look Forward

Once again, shale oil and gas production dominated energy headlines in 2014, with a number of key economic, political, and legal developments making news across the country. Bolstered by technologies like hydraulic...more

Philadelphia Nonprofit Property Owners Must Submit Forms by March 31 to Maintain Tax Exemption

Nonprofit organization owners of tax-exempt real estate located in Philadelphia have been receiving letters from the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) concerning forms they must file to enable their properties...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

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Severance Tax

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has proposed a new state severance tax on natural gas drilling. The measure, which the governor introduced as a means to fund the state’s education system, would impose a 5 percent tax on the...more

Can Public Parking Garages Be Tax Exempt In New York? The Second Department Says “Yes”

In the recent decision in Matter of Greater Jamaica Dev. Corp. v. New York City Tax Commn., 111A.D.3d 937, 975 N.Y.S.2d 749 (2d Dep’t 2013), the Appellate Division, Second Department held that five public parking garages...more

Owners of Tax-Exempt Property in Philadelphia Must Provide Proof of Right to Continued Tax-Exempt Status

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (OPA) has sent letters to all charitable organizations in the city that own property shown as tax-exempt, in whole or in part, in the OPA’s records. Attached to the letter is a...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

Municipal Legal News - Volume 1 Number 1

Major Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") Amendments - Public Act 563 of 2014 ("Act 563") amends the FOIA to impose a number of new regulations on public bodies. All municipalities will need to review their FOIA...more

Shepherding Solar’s Future: Economic sustainability is the key to ‘smart growth’

The buzz about solar keeps on growing thanks to a steady stream of media reports about the industry’s growth potential. The latest examples, to name just a few, include Duke Energy's $500 million solar expansion; solar on...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

Bills are starting to move from Minnesota legislator hands to the committee calendar. The House’s introduction calendar on Thursday brought forth a record 102 bills to be included in this year’s session....more

Court Sustains Treasury’s 2/3 Reduction of Cash Grant for Cogen Open-Loop Biomass Plant

The United States Court of Federal Claims on January 12 rendered an opinion in W.E. Partners II, LLC v. U.S. sustaining the Treasury Department’s reduction by approximately two-thirds of a Cash Grant for a cogeneration...more

Legal Developments in Indian Country in 2014

2014 was a year that featured many positive legal developments for tribes. From the favorable Supreme Court decision in the Bay Mills case written by Justice Sotomayor (who continues to be a leader on the Court for tribal...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House and Senate were busy this week with numerous subcommittee and committee meetings – ethics reform, surface water withdrawal, Pollution Control Act/DHEC Board review, and budget deliberations were a few of the items...more

No Tax on Subdivision

A panel of the Commonwealth Court held that taxpayers could not be reassessed when they subdivided a parcel into two parcels but retained title. Raup v. Dauphin County Board of Assessment Appeals, No. 237 C.D. 2014 (Pa....more

IRS Releases Guidance on Performance and Quality Standards for Small Wind Energy Property

The IRS recently released Notice 2015-4 (the Notice), which provides performance and quality standards that small wind energy property (defined under section 48(c)(4) of the Code as property utilizing a “qualifying small wind...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

California Energy Legislation Year in Review 2014

INTRODUCTION - In his January 2015 inaugural address, California Governor Brown called for an ambitious expansion of the State’s renewable energy goals to 50% by 2030, a policy direction that may drive the State’s...more

New Laws of 2015: New Tax Infrastructure Financing Tools

The final article in the New Laws of 2015 series focuses on new legislation that makes it easier for municipalities and special districts to harness tax increment — the future incremental growth in property tax revenues — for...more

SB 628: Investing Tax Increment in Infrastructure and Economic Development

It will be slightly easier for municipalities and special districts to harness the tax increment for financing infrastructure projects under Senate Bill 628. Infrastructure Financing Districts, which have existed in...more

Deregulate Local Government for Economic Growth: Streamlining Local Option Income Taxes and Other Reforms Can Unleash Indiana’s...

Indiana’s leaders have worked diligently over the past ten years to improve the climate for business. Taxes have been capped, cut, and eliminated. Out of date laws have been repealed or reformed, and new regulations have...more

Turning Manure into megawatts (Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project)

As I noted in my last post, Withers & Ravenel’s Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project, located in Bladensboro, North Carolina, is one of this year’s ACEC Excellence in Engineering Award winners....more

Mixed-Use Housing Is Exempt

A panel of a Commonwealth Court concluded that a mixed-use housing project owned by municipality was exempt from real estate tax. Reading Housing Authority v. Board of Assessment Appeals of Berks County, No. 1937 C.D. 2013...more

Innovative P3 May Help Chesapeake Bay Stick to its Diet

Maryland’s Prince George’s County Council has approved a first-of-its kind agreement with Corvias Solutions for a 30-year stormwater management public-private partnership (P3). The novel initiative, formally announced by EPA...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending November 14 & 21, 2014

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - - Harris Act/Inverse Condemnation: dismissal was (1) improper as to landowners’ Harris Act claim because amendments to County’s land use plan were applied specifically to landowners’ property by...more

Some Welcomed Recognition for Exploration Mining Companies

As market sentiment and investor confidence in Australia's extractive industries remains subdued, recent initiatives from governments and regulators demonstrate, at least, an acknowledgment of the issues faced by mineral...more

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