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$15 Minimum Wage Bill Heads to Governor Christie’s Desk

In a close 21-18 vote the New Jersey State Senate passed bill S15, the $15 Minimum Wage Bill. The bill will now head to Governor Christie’s desk after its previous stamp of approval from the New Jersey State Assembly. The...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #3

This Week - Both chambers accelerated pace in an eventful week as several Committees met more than once throughout the week with some even meeting after the day’s floor session. Senior House Appropriations Chairman Rep....more

New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Following in the footsteps of the New Jersey State Assembly, the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee moved forward on legislation (S15) increasing the New Jersey State minimum wage to $15 by 2021. The...more

The Myth of Mesivtah – The Mistaken Claim that this Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Changed Tax Exemption Law. It Didn’t.

Many taxing bodies characterize the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Mesivtah Eitz Chaim of Bobov v. Pike County Board of Property Assessment, 44 A.3d 3 (Pa. 2012), as having profoundly changed Pennsylvania charitable...more

New Jersey Assembly Picks Up Fight For $15 Minimum Wage

The fight for a $15 minimum wage is gaining steam in the New Jersey Legislature. On May 26, 2016, the New Jersey Assembly passed Bill A15, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. Currently, the New Jersey...more

Update: New Jersey Minimum Wage Bill Clears the Assembly

With the federal minimum wage stalled at $7.25 since 2009, HR Legalist has been tracking several developments to wage and hour law on both the federal level (via the pending overtime rule change recently reported by HR...more

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

First of Two Constitutional Conventions on Millionaire Surtax Was a Doozy

It was one of the more fascinating events to occur at the State House in a long time, this joint session on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, of the House of Representatives and Senate, or constitutional convention as it’s called...more

'Millionaire's Tax' Could Shake Off Ghosts of Failed Drives for Graduated Income Tax

Proposals to implement a graduated state income tax have twice been rejected by Massachusetts voters in my memory, first in 1972 and then in 1994. The margins of defeat in each case were overwhelming: 67% to 33%, and...more

Legislature Tries Again To Put Citizens United On California Ballot

Nearly two years ago, I wrote that the California Supreme Court had blocked an effort to include an advisory vote in the statewide ballot. Proposition 49 asked whether the United States Congress and California Legislature...more

NJ Wage Hike Proposal – Will Employers Feel the Burn?

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been outspoken in his support of a $15/hour national minimum wage. However — at least for private employers – such a change can come only through joint action by both Congress and...more

New Jersey Introduces Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour by Constitutional Amendment

On February 11, 2016, New Jersey State Senate President Steven Sweeney, D-Gloucester, formally introduced legislation for a ballot referendum that would authorize an amendment to the New Jersey State Constitution to raise the...more

News from Second and State

As the Fall wears on with still no budget in place, some members decided this week to try a new approach to address the funding needs of schools and human services agencies. Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams) and Rep. Stephen Bloom...more

Florida’s Minimum Wage Likely to Remain Unchanged on January 1, 2016

On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that created Florida’s minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state covered by the federal minimum wage. Florida law requires a...more

What to Expect During Your Citizenship Exam

As part of the requirements for becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, applicants must take several tests, collectively known as the citizenship exam, administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). These...more

The Noose Tightens: Charitable Exemptions Again Under Attack

For decades, charities in Pennsylvania have enjoyed an exemption from real estate taxation and sales and use taxes. Recently, several Pennsylvania appellate decisions have tightened that exemption. As a result, charities...more

Creation Of Astana International Financial Centre

Following the decree of the President of Kazakhstan issued in May of this year, a draft constitutional law (the Bill) has been presented for consideration to the lower house of parliament, taking the creation of the Astana...more

NC Legislative Update for August 2015 #2

This Week - On Wednesday, lawmakers passed Senate bill 560, the second Continuing Resolution (CR) of the session which will keep State government functioning until August 31st. The legislature has yet to agree on the...more

SEC Enforcement Defendants Descend on Georgia for Judicial Relief from the SEC’s Allegedly Unconstitutional In-House Tribunal

It is often hot in Georgia this time of year. In one particular Georgia federal court, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been feeling some of that heat on an issue of significant interest to subjects of...more

Gaming Legal News: Volume 8, Number 4

IS GAMING IN THE CARDS FOR THE VOLUNTEER STATE? Dickinson Wright has learned that Tennessee House Representative Jason Powell has submitted a proposed constitutional amendment that could permit casino gaming in...more

Looking Back at Five Years of Citizens United

This month marked the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court handing down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC. More than perhaps most other recent Supreme Court decisions, Citizens United has remained in the public...more

The Changing Landscape of Charitable Tax Exemption in Pennsylvania

On February 17, 2015, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that could have far reaching implications for all Pennsylvania nonprofit charitable organizations. The bill, S.B. 4, is a proposal to amend the Pennsylvania...more

Potential Tax Changes Ahead for Pennsylvania Nonprofits

Pennsylvania charities that rely on exemptions from real property tax and sales and use tax may have good reason to be concerned. A recently released special report prepared by the Pennsylvania Auditor General quantifying...more

Secretary of the Commonwealth Issues Notice of Three Proposed Constitutional Amendments

WE, the people of Pennsylvania, have been governed by five different iterations of the state constitution since December 12, 1787, the day of our statehood. Each of those versions is the product of a state constitutional...more

SB 1272 (NKA Proposition 49) – The Secretary of State

Last week, I wrote that Governor Brown had allowed SB 1272 to become law without his signature. To say that SB 1272 became law is an hyperbole because, as Governor Brown observed, the bill “has no legal effect whatsoever”. ...more

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