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New EU Energy and Environmental State Aid Guidelines Adopted: Phase Out of Renewable Energy Subsidies in Sight

On 9 April 2014, the European Commission adopted its new Energy and Environmental State Aid Guidelines (the "EEAG") which will take effect from 1 July 2014 onwards, replacing the Environmental State aid Guidelines ("EAG")...more

Could Losing Copyright Protection Be The Key To Ending Stadium Subsidies?

Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media because it leaked his script and Northwestern football players are attempting to unionize in yet another attack on the NCAA — two stories that would otherwise be right in my wheelhouse...more

Lawsuits Over Health Exchange Premium Subsidies Challenge Heart of Reform Law

Royal Oakes was quoted in a Jan. 5th, 2014, Business Insurance article, Lawsuits Over Health Exchange Premium Subsidies Challenge Heart of Reform Law, by discussing a pair of lawsuits aimed at limiting availability of premium...more

The Affordable Care Act Comes Of Age

Since President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March 2010, various provisions of the law have taken effect. However, its core pieces become effective this year....more

New Bill Aims to Eliminate Tax Subsidies for Oil, Gas and Coal Industries

A bill introduced on Thursday, November 21 in the Senate by Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and in the House of Representatives by Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is designed to remove an estimated $110 billion in existing tax subsidies for...more

HHS Says Qualified Health Plans Are Not ‘Federal Health Care Programs’

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that qualified health plans (QHPs) established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—which include federally-facilitated insurance exchanges and federal...more

And You Thought Ending Flood Insurance Subsidies Would Be Difficult? Try Persuading a Politician to Support “Managed Coastal...

Earlier today, I posted about the political difficulties inherent in reforming flood insurance programs to avoid subsidizing those who choose to live in coastal areas subject to flooding. When even Democratic legislators...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - October 2013 - Issue 3

In This Issue: - Top News ..Deal to Raise Debt Ceiling, End Shutdown Yields No Major Changes to Health Care Law ..Problems with HealthCare.gov Website Continue; HHS Working to Fix Issues ..Kaiser Study...more

CJEU Confirms Prior State Aid Cannot be Taken into Account by Public Authority To Justify Further Subsidies as Market Behaviour

In its recent judgment in Land Burgenland (Joined Cases C-214/12 P, C-215/12 P and C-223/12 P) the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that State aid granted to an undertaking in the past must not be taken...more

HUD Issues New Public Housing Capital Fund Rule

The final rule for the Public Housing Capital Fund Program (Capital Fund) recently released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) makes significant changes to the Capital Fund. Noteworthy...more

Mississippi Supreme Court Upholds the Net Operating Income Method for Determining True Value of Affordable Housing

In a much anticipated decision, on October 17, 2013, the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld the Income Approach to Valuation of Affordable Housing, which is a significant victory for affordable housing developers and the larger...more

MD and NJ Programs Subsidizing New Power Plants Found Unconstitutional in Separate Federal Decisions

On October 11, 2013, New Jersey’s Long-Term Capacity Pilot Program (LCAPP) became the second state program designed to foster the development of new in-state power plants to be found unconstitutional in as many weeks. In late...more

Cities and Counties Must Provide Report Before Approving Economic Development Subsidies to Businesses

New Law Applies to Subsidies of $100,000 or More - Gov. Brown last week signed into law AB 562, legislation that will require all cities and counties to provide a report to the public before approving any economic...more

Solar PV Projects In China

BACKGROUND - China has one of the largest markets of renewables in the world and has rich solar resources across its territory. Although China has been initially slow in developing its own solar market, the start of...more

No More Pre-Tax Premiums For Individual Insurance Policies?

Over the years we have seen some employers, particularly small employers, choose to provide health coverage to their employees by paying all or part of the premium for individual insurance policies that the employees have...more

Firm Client Tucker Development is Awarded More Than $38m in Tax Breaks for Newark Project

Firm client Tucker Development was awarded more than $38M in subsidies in the form of bond financing and tax breaks by the Economic Development Authority to fund its mixed use development project on Springfield Avenue in...more

Federal Subsidy Payments For Tax-Advantaged Bonds Reduced by 7.2% For FY 2014; All Bond Subsidy Payments Threatened By Shutdown

The IRS Office of Tax Exempt Bonds has announced that payments to issuers of direct pay bonds (including Build America Bonds, Qualified School Construction Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, New Clean Renewable Energy...more

Automatic Reductions in Subsidy Payments for Certain Direct Pay Bonds will Continue for Fiscal Year 2014

Pursuant to the requirements of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, on March 1, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order reducing the budgetary authority in accounts subject to...more

Healthcare Law -- Sep 26, 2013

Engaging Consumers to Improve Integrated Care Models - Integrated care is a growing trend in health reform, as states seek to improve care quality, health outcomes and patient satisfaction while containing healthcare...more

Connecting the Dots for Nonprofits on Healthcare Reform: The Exchanges, the Premium Subsidies, and the Employer Mandate

In this presentation: - Introduction - The Exchanges and The Subsidies - Preparing for the Employer Mandate - Employer Strategies - Other Fees and Market Reform - Excerpt from: The...more

Advice in a Post FOFA World – Strategic Ripples

There is no doubt that the Future of Financial Advice reforms (FOFA) will significantly transform the advice landscape, and there is debate around which sectors of the advice industry will be the winners, and how long the...more

Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2013 Introduced In The Senate

With mounting evidence that undervalued foreign currencies drive the U.S. trade deficit, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2013. Reviving a 2011 bill that...more

Report On China's Industrial Policies Shows Numerous Industries Receive Illegal Subsidies

Manufacturers have long suspected that heavy state intervention is one secret of success for numerous Chinese exports, in addition to cheap labor and an undervalued currency. The recent Report on Chinese Industrial Policies...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - June 2013

In This Issue: - Report On China's Industrial Policies Shows Numerous Industries Receive Illegal Subsidies - Material Injury Standard For Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Investigations Still Subject To...more

FCC Establishes Procedures for Challenging Subsidies to Incumbents Under the Connect America Fund

The FCC has issued an order outlining the procedures by which broadband providers can challenge potential subsidies directed to incumbent providers in their service areas under the Connect America Fund (CAF) subsidy program....more

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