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Massive California Water Bond Slated for November 4 General Election as Proposition 1

2014 Water Bond targets state’s long-term water needs and aquatic ecosystems. Two months from today, the California electorate will vote up or down on a massive water bond which Governor Jerry Brown signed on August...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

LEGISLATION FROM 2014 SESSION NOW EFFECTIVE- August 1st was the effective date for almost all legislation enacted during this year’s session that was not deemed “emergency” legislation. This has prompted a round of...more

Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s

President Obama recently signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The statute begins to address ways to fund the billions of dollars necessary to update the country’s drinking water...more

HB 14-1375 Passes Senate; Veto Request in the Works

HB 14-1375, a bill that will negatively impact the use of the urban renewal tool of tax increment financing throughout the state, passed the Senate on Wed., May 7, 2014, and is headed to Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk for...more

A Small Step Toward "Redevelopment 2.0"? Gov. Brown's Proposal to Expand the Use of Infrastructure Financing Districts

Over two years have passed since Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature dissolved the 400-plus redevelopment agencies throughout the state and ordered them to wind down their operations and finances, with the goal of...more

Redevelopment 2.0 -- Infrastructure Financing Districts Approved for Redevelopment Project Areas

Despite being destroyed and dismantled, redevelopment in California has been born once again, this time reincarnated under the name of "Infrastructure Financing Districts." Last week, Governor Brown signed into law AB 471,...more

Decision on Florida CDD Has Broad Implications for Tax-Exempt Bonds

The IRS issued a Technical Advice Memorandum (TAM) on May 9, 2013, that the Village Center Community Development District (the "District") is not a division of state or local government, and therefore is not a political...more

This Week in Washington - July 20, 2012

In This Issue: - DOMESTIC POLICY MATTERS - Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Appropriations. The House Appropriations Labor, Health, and Education Subcommittee approved along party lines (8-6) its appropriations bill on...more

Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

The State Legislature finalized three major bills—the tax bill, bonding bill, and the stadium bill—this week after long floor debates and dozens of amendments. Lawmakers ultimately put their stamp of approval on the three...more

Capital Thinking Update - April 23, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, April 23, 2012, the House will meet in pro forma session at 11:00 a.m. with no votes expected. On Tuesday, April 24, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and at 2:00 p.m. for...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Heats Up

Tax Increment Finance continues to be a hot topic at the capitol. The House has its bill, HF2460, on the calendar for debate in the House. Many groups interested in economic development are following this legislation and are...more

Legislature Meets First Committee Deadline

The Minnesota Legislature had a busy week at the Capitol, working to meet their first deadline. The deadline for committees to act favorably on bills in the house of origin is midnight on Friday. Committees must act favorably...more

Florida Real Estate and Land Development Laws Effective Now: List from Florida Senate

Today, hundreds of new laws are effective here in Florida having been signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott, demonstrating a controversial and concrete attempt by Florida lawmakers to resolve the state’s current...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Permit Extension Act As Part of Economic Development Legislation

In the final hours of the session, the Massachusetts Legislature passed sweeping economic development legislation which included, as section 173, what has come to be known as the Permit Extension Act. The purpose of the...more

Recovery Zone Facility Bonds May Not Provide The Economic Stimulus Local Agencies Hoped For

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the $787 billion stimulus bill, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). As part of ARRA, Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (RZFB) were introduced as a...more

More Pennsylvania State Forest Land Available for Drilling, Governor Announces

The recent leasing of Pennsylvania state forest land for natural gas drilling raised so much more money than anticipated for the state that Gov. Edward Rendell decided to lease additional land. Part of the governor's proposed...more

Green Building Update - February 13, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *Cuts in 'green building' stimulus package *Green Building Focus ..New LEED concrete calculator ..ANSI approves "Nat'l Green Building Standard" ..New IT energy efficiency metrics ..Paper: Economics of...more

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