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News from Second and State

Tuesday was Groundhog Day, and our own Punxatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, signaling that Spring will arrive early this year. But, it seems we in Pennsylvania have been living Groundhog Day- the movie- for the last eight...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

2016 New York Legislative Session Preview

With the delivery of the State of the State address and budget presentation on January 13, the New York legislative session finally began in earnest. As it does every year, the Governor's budget broadly outlines a roadmap for...more

Tobacco Settlement Perennially Validates the Wisdom of General Harshbarger

Back in the early-Nineties, 46 attorneys general brought a massive lawsuit against the largest U.S. tobacco companies to recover costs incurred by states in caring for persons afflicted with smoking-related illnesses over a...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - February 2016

The Georgia House of Representatives last week approved the governor’s amended budget for fiscal year 2016, a constitutionally required midpoint balancing act of available revenue, and set an adjournment date for the 40-day...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - January 2016 #3

Louisiana's Governor pushes ahead on Medicaid expansion, while expansion is blocked by Wyoming's Legislature; Massachusetts plans to submit a 1332 waiver application to preserve its merged markets; and CBO lowers its 2016...more

What Can Brown Do For PAGA? Budget Proposal Seeks Greater Oversight of PAGA Claims

California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration recently submitted a budget proposal to the California Legislature that would increase State oversight of Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims and amend the PAGA statute...more

MMB to Announce February Forecast on February 26

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced today that the February Budget and Economic Forecast will be released on Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:15 am. Minnesota is required by law to issue a Budget and Economic...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update

The Georgia General Assembly closed out the second week of the legislature’s two-year session Friday, busying itself with the governor’s budget recommendations and consideration of a host of controversial religious liberty...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #2

What's New - The General Assembly convened Tuesday, January 12th for the 2nd year of the 121st Legislative Session. Below is a summary of actions in both the Senate and the House....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

Governor Deal gives State of the State Address

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal sketched out his legislative agenda for the new year in a Wednesday speech before a joint session of the General Assembly, telling legislators that major education funding reform would not come...more

Governor Baker Announces Mid-Year Budget Cuts

On Friday, January 8, Governor Charlie Baker ordered $49 million in emergency spending cuts aimed at erasing a projected state budget shortfall. In a letter to state lawmakers, Baker said his administration had identified a...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

News from Second and State

The holidays are over, and the New Year has come. For most, it’s back to the grind this week; though in Harrisburg it seems there hasn’t been a whole lot of grind to get back to. Last week, Gov. Wolf partially approved a...more

Worth Another Look: Public Welfare Code Omnibus Amendments

Typically, each fiscal year the General Assembly enacts amendments to the Public Welfare Code as part of a complete budget package. Though the budget might not be quite finished, a Public Welfare Omnibus Bill hit the...more

News from Second and State

The year 2015 has come and gone, and Pennsylvania has yet to see any snow or a complete 2015-2016 spending plan. By Christmas Eve, the House and Senate sent a $30.2 billion general appropriation bill, H.B. 1460 (Adolph,...more

News from Second and State – Budget Update

It was all budget all the time this week, but it seems to have been to very little or no avail. Despite procedural maneuvers by the House Republicans intended to advance a budget package, the likes of which would require a...more

Impact of Medicaid Expansion on the Kansas State Budget

Key Findings - The cost of Medicaid expansion in Kansas is projected to average just over $50 million annually between 2016 and 2020. Based on publicly available data and the experiences of states that expanded in 2014,...more

Connecticut Tax Developments 2015 - 2015 Legislative Session: Tax Increases and Mea Culpas

Tax Increases and Mea Culpas - 2015 has been a tumultuous year for Connecticut taxpayers. It started with projections of large state budget deficits for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal years and the adoption of of the second...more

News from Second and State

After nearly six months of a stalemate, this week brought the battle of the budgets. On Monday, the Senate passed S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh), a General Appropriations bill carrying a $30.8 billion price tag. The bill, which...more

2016 New Mexico Political Outlook

The 2016 New Mexico Political Outlook provides a basic overview of what clients can expect from the upcoming New Mexico legislative session. Republicans won control of the New Mexico House of Representatives in the election...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - December 2015 #2

A flurry of support for Medicaid expansion this week…with Virginia hospitals backing a provider assessment, Wyoming's Governor putting forth a budget initiative, and Arkansas announcing plans to extend its waiver. Meanwhile,...more

News from Second and State

There’s been a lot of activity around the state budget the last few days, and it’s hard to say where one week ends and another begins. With a stable framework still intact, lawmakers continue to work on a state spending plan....more

Minnesota has Budget Surplus

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) announced that the FY 16-17 budget has a $1.871 billion surplus. The bulk of this $1.871 billion surplus comes from $682 million carried over from the FY 14-15 biennium and $865 million...more

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