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Fate of Proposed Surtax on Millionaires Could Hinge on Three Simple Words

The plan to have Massachusetts collect about $2 billion more per year through a new 4% income surtax on millionaires seems to be encumbered by an unavoidable-but-possibly-fatal vulnerability. The weakness consists of...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #2

What's New - SENATE - It was a short but busy week in the Senate as members worked through numerous bills remaining on the Senate calendar. The Senate gave third reading on Thursday to H. 5009, relating to the...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate approved its version of the State’s $7.5 billion budget on Wednesday by giving third reading to H. 5001 (Appropriations Bill) and H. 5002 (Capital Reserve Fund). The Senate approved...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - Debate in the Senate on ethics stalled once again this week, as committee work on the State’s budget took top priority. During limited floor debate, the Senate gave second reading to S. 139 by...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Thursday, April 21 was the third bill deadline at the Legislature, by which date committees must act favorably upon all major appropriation and finance bills. During the week, committees in both the House and Senate met...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed on a bi-weekly basis during the interim to keep you up to date on the...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - Floor debate in the Senate this week continued to center on ethics reform. On Tuesday, Senator Larry Martin (R-Pickens) made a successful motion to move H.3186 to the Special Order portion of...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

This week, the Senate DFL majority released their budget targets, setting guidelines for committees to address the $900 million surplus. In their budget targets, $300 million will go toward tax relief. In addition, voluntary...more

New York Legislative Session Update - Final budget agreement reached

Labor policy - Minimum wage - The minimum wage proposal included in the budget will increase the minimum wage at different schedules, and to different maximum wage rates, depending on the region of the state. For...more

Week Two at the Capitol

On Tuesday, Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled his $100 million supplemental budget proposal to deliver tax cuts for over 400,000 Minnesota families, make needed investments in early learning to eliminate achievement gaps, rebuild the...more

Illinois Bill Looks to Significantly Expand Use of P3s

The Illinois Senate is currently reviewing a bill that would greatly expand the authority of public agencies in Illinois to enter into public-private partnership (P3) agreements. To date, such authority has been limited to...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016

What's New - SENATE - Extended debate on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H. 3579) ended this week in the Senate when lawmakers passed the highly contested bill by a vote of...more

SC Public Policy Update - March #1

What's New - SENATE - The three-week filibuster on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H.3579) ended late Wednesday night when lawmakers agreed via a party line vote (24-16) to move...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 12, 2016

What's New - SENATE - Work on H. 3579, the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act, ramped up in the Senate this week. The Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday and Wednesday to hear from the...more

2016 New York Legislative Session Update

Hearings, hearings, hearings. As is the case every year, marathon joint budget hearings on the various issues areas in the Governor’s 2016-17 spending plan have consumed legislators during the end of January and beginning of...more

News from Second and State

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate were in session Monday through Wednesday, but the biggest news this week is the budget that wasn’t. Gov. Wolf delivered his 2016-2017 budget address, but with the 2015-2016...more

Worth Another Look: Jobs that Pay

Like last year, Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging the state legislature to provide for “jobs that pay” as part of the 2016-2017 budget. A robust economy that includes employment opportunities can help stave off property tax...more

Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda

With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016. As part of his second budget proposal since assuming...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly had a very active second week of session, although much of the deliberation occurred primarily in the various subcommittees and committees. A few highlights are as follows...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #3

What's New: Judicial Elections - This week, the Judicial Merit Selection Commission gave legislators a report of qualified candidates for the upcoming judicial races. Judicial elections will be held on...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly reconvened for the second regular session of the 121st General Assembly last Tuesday. The Senate mourned the loss of Senator Billy O’Dell (R-Abbeville) who passed away unexpectedly the...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly will return to Columbia on Tuesday, January 12th, to begin the second year of the 121st Legislative Session. 2016 marks an election year where all 170 seats in...more

Georgia Legislative Session preview

Dentons’ State Government Affairs team examines a battery of local third-rail issues on tap when the Georgia General Assembly convenes January 11. We look at expanded rail service in Atlanta, balancing religious freedom,...more

2016 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature saw the introduction of 2,297 bills during the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative session of which 1,010 bills were signed into law....more

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