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Massive California Water Bond Slated for November 4 General Election as Proposition 1

2014 Water Bond targets state’s long-term water needs and aquatic ecosystems. Two months from today, the California electorate will vote up or down on a massive water bond which Governor Jerry Brown signed on August...more

Multistate ZEV Plan Looks to Increase the Use of Zero-Emission Vehicles Through Infrastructure Development, Standardization, and...

On May 29, 2014, the ZEV Program Implementation Task Force issued a 32-page action plan detailing the efforts that eight states will undertake to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in use. ZEVs are battery...more

Pennsylvania Senate considers a bill to provide additional state funding for affordable housing

Recently, a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania State Senators sponsored a bill to expand the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement Fund, commonly known as the State Housing Trust Fund. If passed,...more

CTC Meeting Brings Good News for Transportation Projects Around the State

As reported in Caltrans District 11's press release, there is much good news coming out of California Transportation Commission's meeting last week. First, thanks to a new state budget that increased transportation funding...more

SEC Settles Bond Case Centered on Construction of Charter Schools

The Commission continues to focus on the municipal bond market, filing a settled action against two state grant recipients who were supposed to construct charter schools. The action, alleging fraud in connection with the sale...more

Editorial: Miami-Dade Rail Link Could Be Model For Future Projects

The use of public-private partnerships (P3s), especially in the transportation sector, is gaining steam in South Florida. Proposed projects have included Miami-Dade College Medical Campus expansion, red-light cameras,...more

Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $1 Billion Commitment to Long-Term Funding of Solar Energy in New York

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on April 24, 2014, a nearly $1 billion commitment to further expand the state’s solar energy industry by providing long-term funding certainty with the goal of boosting existing...more

New York Court Strikes Down Regulations Limiting Executive Compensation and Administrative Expenses

A New York court has held that the State’s regulatory limits on executive compensation and administrative expenses for entities that receive state funds unconstitutionally exceed proper regulatory authority. The regulations,...more

Pennsylvania’s New Transportation Funding Law

On Nov. 25, 2013, Governor Corbett signed into law House Bill 1060. This legislation will invest an additional $2.3 to $2.4 billion into transportation by the fifth year of the plan. Partial funding for the new transportation...more

Application for State Funds Not A "Project" Under CEQA

In City of Irvine v. County of Orange (“City of Irvine”) (published and modified on November 22, 2013), the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s ruling that the County of Orange’s (“County”) application...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC - Fall 2013: The (stock) show must go on: Oklahoma Youth Expo secures court win

For nearly a century, Oklahoma City has hosted a junior livestock show each spring where youth from across the state display the best farm animals their generation has to offer in hopes of winning college scholarships and...more

European Commission revises rules for state-aid support for films

Published last week, the European Commission’s new Cinema Communication 2013 (the “Communication“) broadens the scope of activities in connection with the creation of films and other audio-visual works which may attract...more

2013 Texas Legislative Session Review

THE CURRENT ERA OF AMERICAN POLITICS IS OFTEN LAMENTED AS EXCESSIVELY PARTISAN, IDEOLOGICAL, AND RANCOROUS. And Texas politics has often held its own in those regards. But to many observers, the recently completed 2013 Texas...more

New York Regulations Limiting the Use of State Funds for Administrative Expenses and Executive Compensation Go Into Effect

Implementing Executive Order 38, which was issued by Governor Andrew Cuomo early last year, thirteen New York State agencies have released final regulations placing limits on state funds that can be used for administrative...more

Washington Adopts Measure to Speed Environmental Cleanups

In the space of only 36 hours, the Washington Legislature resurrected, and the governor signed into law, a bill that changes the way the Washington Model Toxics Control Act (“MTCA”) provides funding for cleanups at...more

The Buck Stops There: Colorado Supreme Court Rules That Education Reform Depends On General Assembly

On Tuesday, May 28, the Colorado Supreme Court held in State v. Lobato that the state's public school financing scheme meets the Colorado constitution's requirement for a "thorough and uniform" funding system, thus reversing...more

Louisiana Supreme Court Declares School's Voucher Program Unconstitutional Due To Program's Funding Structure

This month, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of a number of parents and teachers’ unions in Louisiana Fed of Teachers, et al. v. State of Louisiana et al.; 2013-CA-0120 C/W, 2013-CA-0232, 2013-CA-0350, when it...more

Virginia Court Declares PPP Toll Financing Arrangement Unconstitutional

In many ways, the state of Virginia’s Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA), which allows new, innovative methods of financing from private sources to supplement state funding and public debt financing, has been a model...more

Court of Appeal Narrowly Reads School Bond Measure Language In Siding with Taxpayer Group’s Challenge To High School Stadium...

The California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, recently held that school district bond revenues could not be spent on stadium lighting where the bond proposition did not specifically list field lighting as part of...more

CTC Approves Nearly $1 Billion in Funding Local Transportation Projects

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) recently announced the award of $878 million to fund 114 transportation projects. ...more

Governor’s Proposal Could Give Ohio State Funded Employers Two Billion Dollars

Governor Kasich has proposed what could result in a refund of a full-year of premiums to Ohio employers over the next two years. Specifically, he has proposed a $1 billion rebate for the policy year beginning on July 1, 2011...more

REGULATORY: International Trade: China Issues Guidelines for the Development of Energy Sector

To ensure a healthy development of its economy, on January 23, 2013, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China announced a long-awaited Energy Development 12th Five Year Plan, one of 18 national-level key...more

China Issues Guidelines For The Development Of Energy Sector

To ensure a healthy development of the economy, on January 23, 2013, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China announced the long-awaited Energy Development 12th Five Year Plan, one of the 18 national-level key...more

PA Governor Proposes Corporate Tax Cuts & Fuel Tax Increases

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has proposed significant corporate tax cuts and fuel tax increases as part of his proposed 2013-14 budget, presented on February 5th. The General Fund budget would be increased by 2.4%, to...more

Department of Finance Releases Local Control Funding Formula

The Department of Finance released a long-awaited table today that shows how each K-12 District fares in Governor Jerry Brown’s new plan, aptly labeled Local Control Funding Formula, to direct more money to schools with...more

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