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FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget...more

NC Legislative Update - April 2016

Last Week - The 2016 “Short Session” of the North Carolina General Assembly, which reconvened on Monday, April 25th, began with rallies both in opposition and in favor of the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act,...more

2015-16 New York State Budget

On April 13, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the 2016-17 New York State Budget into law. We summarize the highlights of the revenue provisions below....more

Competing Budgets

Lengthy floor sessions ensued this week as House and Senate lawmakers took up supplemental budget bills in their respective chambers. The Republican House had three bills to debate over the course of the week. The DFL Senate...more

Illinois Governor Initiates Fight Against Health Care Fraud Amid Growing Deficit

As Illinois' finances continue to deteriorate and the budget crisis remains unsolved, the Rauner administration recently announced an initiative to focus on identifying and recouping health care fraud in Illinois. On April 5,...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - Debate in the Senate on ethics stalled once again this week, as committee work on the State’s budget took top priority. During limited floor debate, the Senate gave second reading to S. 139 by...more

Finance Deadline Week/One Month and Counting

Midnight Thursday marked the deadline for all finance bills to make their way through their respective chambers before today’s Passover Break. Omnibus Budget Bills - By the end of the week, the House combined eight...more

North Carolina 2016 Pre-Session Legislative Update

Gaveling in the 2016 Session - Lawmakers will return to Raleigh next week for the 2016 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly, which will gavel in at 7:00 PM on Monday, April 25th. Following a nine-month...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - Floor debate in the Senate this week continued to center on ethics reform. On Tuesday, Senator Larry Martin (R-Pickens) made a successful motion to move H.3186 to the Special Order portion of...more

Blogster's Miscellany: Eight Items Just Begging for More Attention, Comment

Ben deRuyter, a Democrat from Brewster announced this past Friday (April 15) he was withdrawing from the race to succeed Cape Cod state senator Dan Wolf because he wants to spend more time with his family. I’m sure his...more

Supplemental Budgets, Bonding and Tax Targets

With the passage of policy committee deadlines, the Legislature has shifted its attention to supplemental budgets, bonding and tax targets. Finance bills have to be out of Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees by...more

Pennsylvania’s Proposed False Claims Act: Why Further Incentivizing Whistleblowers Is Unnecessary, Counterproductive, and Could...

As Pennsylvania legislators work to resolve the budget impasse, proponents of enacting a Pennsylvania False Claims Act (“PA FCA”) targeting Medicaid continue to intensify their efforts in Harrisburg. Legislators may consider...more

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 State Legislature Considers Supplemental Budget - The Maine State Legislature held late...more

Second Committee Deadline/Week 5

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up second committee deadline week, marking the last opportunity for committees to act favorably on bills, or companions of bills, that met the first deadline in the other house. GOP...more

New York Budget Deal Includes Increases to the State Minimum Wage

The New York State 2016-17 budget contains a bill that raises the State’s minimum wage beginning on December 31, 2016. The bill provides that the minimum wage increases will be phased in as follows...more

New York Legislative Session Update - Final budget agreement reached

Labor policy - Minimum wage - The minimum wage proposal included in the budget will increase the minimum wage at different schedules, and to different maximum wage rates, depending on the region of the state. For...more

New York State Will Provide Paid Family Leave and $15 Minimum Wage

On March 31, 2016, New York State’s governor and legislative leaders announced an agreement on the state’s budget for 2016-2017 (“Budget”). Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill enacting the Budget at a press conference...more

New York Minimum Wage to Reach $15 Per Hour

On March 31, 2016, lawmakers in Albany announced a budget agreement that would raise New York City’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 for employers with at least eleven employees. Elsewhere in the state, the...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate took furlough this week and did not meet in statewide session. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 5th, at noon....more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - After all the budget buzz last week, it was a very quiet week in the capitol city (and that’s no April Fool’s joke!) So without further ado, let’s turn our attention to what’s on the horizon for next...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/25/2016

The Minnesota Legislature had a short week, with no official business on Friday due to their Easter recess. The legislature will return on Tuesday, March 29, at noon. This week, committees continued to hear budget details...more

News from Second and State

It’s finally over. Yes winter is over, but more importantly, the 2015-2016 budget impasse is too. Gov. Tom Wolf announced at a press conference on Wednesday that he will allow the $30 billion budget bill to become law without...more

Worth Another Look

It would seem that as Pennsylvania budgets go, the fourth time is a charm. Between the summer of 2015 and the beginning of March, the Pennsylvania General Assembly had sent three variations of a 2015-2016 state spending plan...more

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. House and Senate Debate Minimum Wage - Currently, Maine’s minimum wage is $7.50 an hour. A...more

New York Legislative Session Update - Budget proposals and a Buffalo surprise

Assembly budget proposal. The Assembly one-house budget was a veritable mixed-bag, with a range of provisions included fully in line with the governor's executive budget proposal, while including others that push back against...more

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