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Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Policy Takes Center Stage

The seventh week of the legislative session is in the books, and the Minnesota Legislature is one week closer to the first committee deadline on March 10. This week, House Republicans increased their majority by one with the...more

Private vs. Public Infrastructure Funding Debate Continues

Speculation continued this week in Washington, D.C. on infrastructure funding plans, with municipal bonds being discussed during a panel at the National Association of State Treasurers 2017 Legislative Conference, according...more

Oklahoma Tax Commission 2017 Proposed Rules Changes

The Oklahoma Tax Commission has published 2017 proposed changes and additions to its rules governing administration of Oklahoma taxes. Tax Commission rules are adopted and published as part of the Oklahoma Administrative...more

Gatlinburg Property Owners Affected by Wildfires May See Tax Relief

Property owners affected by the Gatlinburg fires last fall could receive tax relief – thanks to a bill approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee this week....more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: College Affordability Proposals Headline Active Week

Legislative committees continued hearing proposals on issues ranging from wetland funding and palliative care to redistricting and tax benefits for retired CIA employees. House and Senate Tax Committee’s heard Governor Mark...more

Michigan Adopts New Sales and Use Tax Laws on Direct Mail

New laws on the sales tax and use tax consequences on direct mail became effective in Michigan September 7, 2016. These laws were adopted as part of Michigan’s participation in the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, and...more

Maryland State Bar Association Proposes an Overhaul to Maryland’s Business & Technology Courts

A Maryland State Bar Association task force has issued a comprehensive Report and Proposed Recommendations calling for sweeping changes to improve the effectiveness of the state’s Business & Technology Case Management Program...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This week’s headliner was, of course, Gov. Wolf’s third budget address. Wolf proposed a budget with a modest increase in spending for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and focused on education, helping seniors,...more

D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act Sent To Mayor For Approval

On December 20, 2016, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0244) (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would amend the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 to prohibit employers...more

Wisconsin DHS Prohibits Maneuvers and Techniques in Community Based Programs

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released a memo specifying maneuvers or techniques that may not be used at any time in community based programs and facilities. DHS deems the prohibited maneuvers or...more

Pa. Governor’s Budget Proposal – 'No Broad-based Tax Increases'?

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf presented his budget address February 7, 2017. The proposed budget seeks $1 billion in new revenue from several tax proposals, such as a severance tax on natural gas drilling, corporate net income...more

New Governor, New State Legislative Session, New Workers’ Compensation Laws?

The 122nd South Carolina General Assembly convened for its first regular session on January 10, 2017. There are a few bills proposed in the House and Senate regarding the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Some bills...more

News from Second and State

Budget Address Edition - Governor Wolf delivered his third budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly today. Though not expressed in the speech as emphatically as in previous years, a quick pass through...more

Worth Another Look

Budget Theme: Jobs that Pay - As he has in previous years, Governor Wolf highlighted the need for “jobs that pay” in his 2017-2018 budget. During his 2017-2018 budget address, Governor Wolf stated that “Pennsylvania...more

Worth Another Look

Budget Theme: Schools that Teach - As he has in previous years, Governor Wolf highlighted the need for “schools that teach” in his 2017-2018 budget address. Today during his budget address, Governor Wolf stated his...more

OCTA Signs DB Contract for $1.9 Billion Managed Lanes Project in California

Last week the Orange County Transportation Authority executed the design/build contract for the I-405 Improvement Project with OC405 Partners, a joint venture consisting of OHL USA and Astaldi Construction Corporation. With a...more

California Legislation Introduced to Ban Local Taxation of Streaming Video

On January 31, 2017, California Assembly Bill 252 was introduced by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas to prohibit California cities and counties from subjecting streaming video to tax. As we have previously...more

"Trump Expected to Alter Labor Laws, Policies"

Editor’s note: This article was updated on February 1, 2017, to reflect new developments. While President Donald Trump has not discussed in detail how he plans to address labor and employment issues, he likely will...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - It was a relatively quiet week in the capitol with only the Senate in Harrisburg for session. On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee met to consider S.B. 261 (Scarnati, R-Cameron), which would eliminate...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - February 3, 2017

North Carolina Legislators made their way back to Raleigh for the beginning of the 2017 long session on January 25th. With returning members settling into their new offices and new members getting acclimated to Raleigh, no...more

Governor Baker Releases Proposed FY 2018 Budget Including Extending Sales Tax Collection to Online Retailers and Expanding Room...

On January 25, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker released his proposals for the Commonwealth’s fiscal year 2018 budget. Among the proposed tax/revenue changes in the proposal are the following: 1. Extending sales tax...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Committees Transition to Processing Bills - Legislative committees completed the pivot from background briefings to processing bills this week, working on topics ranging from how best to provide paid parental leave and...more

State Data Breach Notification Statutes: A Year in Review and Preparing for 2017

Following on the heels of an active 2015, where eight states enacted changes to their data breach notification laws, another five states amended their statutes in 2016, adding complexity to the current “patchwork” system of...more

"FERC Could See Substantial Changes Under President Trump"

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is a somewhat obscure and highly technical agency that was not discussed specifically during President Donald Trump’s campaign. Its regulatory footprint is, however,...more

Michigan’s 2017 property tax assessment notices are in the mail. Should you appeal?

Local assessors are in the process of sending annual notices of real and personal property tax assessments to property owners/taxpayers, who must determine whether the assessments are correct and whether an appeal should be...more

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