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Reading the tea leaves of tax reform

In prior Housing Plus blog entries we’ve discussed the various tax proposals that have been released over the past four months, including the comprehensive tax reform proposal from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave...more

What’s in Store on the Floor – Appropriations Update

After demonstrating hope, resolve, and bipartisanship with the passage of a 12 bill omnibus for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers have set a...more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week. The White House reported Tuesday that 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, meeting their original target for enrollment before...more

Private Fund Update - April 7, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

Dewonkify – Overseas Contingency Operations

Term: Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) Definition: OCO funding is money set aside in the federal budget for expenses connected to overseas operations such as: crisis response, infrastructure and coalition support...more

UK: Budget 2014 – changes announced to gambling duties; Levy consultation announced

The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave his Budget speech today. Gaming duty revalorisation – The government will increase gaming duty bands in line with RPI for accounting periods starting on or after 1 April 2014....more

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, although it had a slow start due to the snowstorm in Washington, D.C. on Monday. On Tuesday the President released his $3.9 trillion budget request followed by several...more

Weekly Update from the State House - March 14, 2014: The House began budget negotiations this week while the Senate spent most of...

Details from Each Chamber - HOUSE: The House began budget negotiations this week, eventually giving a third reading to the Appropriations Bill H. 4701 and the Capital Reserve Fund Bill H. 4702 on Wednesday...more

Program Integrity Priorities Revealed in FY 2015 HHS Budget

On March 14, 2014, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, the Administration is seeking $77.1 billion to fund HHS in FY...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - March 13, 2014

This week President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal, which provides useful information on his priorities for the year but, as is normally the case, is not likely to gain much traction; the administration...more

FY 2015 Budget Request Includes Reductions and Reforms to CMS Spending

President Obama has released the administration’s FY 2015 budget request, and it includes investments and proposals for HHS that are estimated to save $355.6 billion over 10 years. The FY 2015 budget estimate for CMS is...more

President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal for DOE

President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal For Doe : On March 4, 2014, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz discussed in detail the $27.9 billion Fiscal Year 2015 budget request for the DOE submitted by President Obama. ...more

Congressional Budget Justification

What it means: Each year the President prepares and submits to Congress a budget, outlining his spending and policy priorities for the coming federal fiscal year. Accompanying his budget are narrative explanations from each...more

CFPB updated report on strategic plan, budget and performance plan shows increased spending and growth

The CFPB has issued an updated report on its strategic plan, budget, and performance plan. The report, which mostly reassembles information contained in other CFPB reports, discusses the CFPB’s progress in meeting the...more

President Releases FY 2015 HUD Budget

President Obama's fiscal year 2015 budget for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), released on March 4, 2014, increases funding for many programs compared to the fiscal year 2014 appropriation. It also...more

FY 2015 Budget Tax Proposals Target Insurance Companies

On March 4, the Obama Administration released its fiscal year 2015 budget (FY 2015 Budget). In keeping with the Administration’s past budgets, the FY 2015 Budget includes a number of tax proposals that target insurance...more

White House Backs the $2.2 Billion Purple Line

On Tuesday, March 4th federal officials recommended the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line Public-Private Partnership Project ("Purple Line") to receive $100 million in federal construction money as part of the...more

President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget Emphasizes Clean Energy

Today President Obama released his $3.9 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2015, which begins October 1. The annual budget proposal signals administration priorities for the coming year. In that regard, this budget...more

Weekly Update from the State House - February 28, 2014: The House met this week in lengthy sessions to try to clear the calendar...

Details from Each Chamber: HOUSE - The House met this week in lengthy sessions to try to clear the calendar in preparation for budget week beginning March 10....more

Weekly Update from the State House - February 21, 2014 - The House devoted most of their time in committee, with the Way and Means...

Details from Each Chamber - HOUSE: The House worked through their Calendar this week, but devoted most of their time in committee, with the Ways and Means Committee finalizing their version of the House budget....more

2014: Turbulent Waters Ahead in Tax Policy

Although the prospect for comprehensive tax reform this year is dimming, debate on tax policy issues will continue to be prominent on Capitol Hill. Between election year dynamics, changes in committee leadership, the tax...more

Canada’s 2014 Budget Proposals on Back-to-Back Loans

The 2014 Canadian federal budget (Budget 2014) proposes to introduce to the Income Tax Act (Canada) (ITA) new anti-avoidance provisions regarding “back-to-back loans” that, where applicable, may affect the deductibility of...more

Budget Briefing 2014

The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, tabled Canada’s federal budget for 2014 on February 11, 2014 (Budget 2014). In his budget speech, the Minister reinforced the government’s commitment to balancing the budget...more

An Update from Washington – Debt Ceiling, Taxes, and Health Care – Oh My!

Election year politics already have arrived at the Capitol. Members of the House and Senate in both parties have their eyes on November 4th and are putting forward agendas and proposals to position themselves favorably in...more

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

Debt Ceiling - The suspension of the nation’s debt ceiling authorized by the FY 2014 Continuing Resolution (P.L. 113-46) will expire on Friday; however, the Department of Treasury predicts it will be able to extend the...more

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