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Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Sees Higher Budget Surplus Than Expected - On June 30, 2016, Maine’s fiscal year ended...more

Estimated State Budget Impact of an Oklahoma SoonerCare Expansion

Estimated State Budget Impact of an Oklahoma SoonerCare Expansion - In 2012, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was optional. That is, each...more

Pennsylvania 2016-2017 Budget Revives Brewers’ Tax Credit – With A Catch

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently signed into law the last piece of the 2016-2017 budget picture: House Bill 1198, the revenue package to pay for the spending previously approved by the House and Senate and which became...more

Worth Another Look: Amendments to the Fiscal Code

On July 11, S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh) became law without the Governor’s signature. S.B. 1073 is the 2016-2017 General Appropriations (GA) Bill; it reads like a ledger and simply directs funds to different agencies and...more

Worth Another Look: Amendments to the Tax Reform Code

On July 11, S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh) became law without the Governor’s signature. S.B. 1073 is the 2016-2017 General Appropriations (GA) Bill; it reads like a ledger and simply directs funds to different agencies and...more

Baker Signs FY17 Budget, Issues Vetoes

Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY17 on Friday, July 8, after vetoing $256 million in spending included in the plan approved by the legislature. The budget, which represents the second annual spending plan signed...more

News from Second and State

The news this week is that there is no news. The General Assembly sent a 2016-2017 General Appropriations Bill to Gov. Wolf for his signature last week, and it has been sitting on his desk ever since. The Governor has stated...more

What Businesses Should Know About the 2016 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2016 "short" session. A number of bills considered by Legislators will impact businesses of all types. Here are some highlights from this year's session....more

NC Legislative Update - July 2016

Last Week - Following a fast paced week, the legislature adjourned the 2015-16 Session sine die on Friday, July 1st, just before midnight. After convening on April 25th, lawmakers completed the short session in just 68...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

Just before the close of the fiscal year, the House and Senate reached an agreement on a $39.146 billion state budget for FY17. Due to a recently identified $750 million drop in projected state revenue, the budget, which was...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - July 2016

It is a busy week at the General Assembly as legislators are pushing through the final days of the 2016 short session. The legislature is expected to adjourn for the year either late today, July 5, or tomorrow, July 6. The...more

News from Second and State

Yesterday marked the last day of the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and the legislature passed a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year just in the nick of time. Last night, the House concurred in S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh), which,...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #4

Last Week - It appears that House and Senate leadership will keep their word on adjourning before the 4th of July, with leadership of the two chambers apparently agreeing to a budget over the weekend. The Senate worked...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

Legislative Activity - Budget - The Senate and House are expected to reach a deal on the budget later today or over the weekend, with House and Senate votes on the budget conference report possible next week. ...more

North Carolina Legislative Update

Budget negotiations continued behind closed doors this week, with Speaker Tim Moore and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Senator Phil Berger, working to resolve the final differences between the two chambers’ spending...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2016 #2

What's New - Pursuant to the sine die resolution, legislators will return to Columbia June 15 through 22 to take up various items including vetoes and conference reports. House and Senate conferees likely meet next week...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #2

This Week - The North Carolina political community was saddened to learn Wednesday, that former Rep. Ruth Samuelson (R-Mecklenburg), who chose not to seek reelection in 2014, has been diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

Budget - On Wednesday, June 8, the House voted not to concur with the Senate budget, as expected. Both chambers appointed conferees (44 House members and 21 Senate members) to begin resolving differences and work out a...more

Connecticut Tax Developments

2016 Legislative Session: The New Economic Reality - In his February 2016 State of the State address, Governor Malloy announced that his administration would be adopting a new approach to state budgeting in light of...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

Worth Another Look: Liquor Reform

Much to the frustration of Pennsylvania liquor consumers, wine and spirits are only available for purchase at state-run liquor stores. The system, often described as irritating, antiquated and inconvenient, has been at the...more

Think Tank's Alarming Report on MA Fiscal Health Not Shaking State House Walls

From what I can tell about the Mercatus Center, it won’t be going out of its way soon to hire anyone who worked for Ted Kennedy, or Tom Birmingham for that matter. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t consider, if only for...more

Legislative Update

Senate Passes Budget Bill (HB1030) - The State Senate passed its version of the 2016-17 spending plan this week, setting the stage for a conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers’...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016

This Week - While the Senate was predominantly focused on the budget this week, the House moved forward with a number of high-profile issues. By a vote of 60-49, the House approved House Bill 1080, sponsored by Rep....more

Special Session?

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton spent the Memorial Day holiday weekend reviewing the details of the spending and tax bills the Legislature delivered for his signature at the conclusion of the 2016 session....more

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