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Caltrans’ Ceres Interchange Project May Result in Eminent Domain

by Nossaman LLP on

With the passing of California’s new gas tax (SB1) earlier this year, local government agencies have come across a new source of funding to complete public infrastructure projects. According to an article in the Ceres...more

New Property Tax Exemption for All South Carolina Manufacturers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, 2017 Act 40, was recently enacted and is designed to enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness. The Act, commonly referred to as the gas tax bill,...more

Tennessee Adopts “IMPROVE Act” a/k/a “2017 Tax Cut Act”—Takeaways for Tennessee Taxpayers

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam recently signed into law the “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy (IMPROVE) Act” or the “2017 Tax Cut Act” (the “Improve Act”). ...more

110th Tennessee General Assembly Session Ends for 2017

The Tennessee Legislature completed its first session of the 110th General Assembly this Wednesday. The flag flying over the Capitol, signifying the body is in session, was taken down. The General Assembly will reconvene on...more

The New South Carolina Gas Tax

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

South Carolina’s gas tax is one of the lowest in the country. The result is the deplorable condition of the state’s highway system and roads. South Carolina is a conservative state, politically, and any tax increase, gas or...more

Tennesseans Can Expect Gas/Diesel Tax Increase in July

You have reached your final destination! The IMPROVE Act/Tax Cut Act of 2017 was signed into law by Gov. Haslam on Wednesday, April 26. The act passed in both the House and the Senate last week, but they passed differing...more

South Carolina Senate Passes Road Funding Bill

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Over the last two weeks, members of the South Carolina Senate held a lengthy debate on H.3516, one of the most important bills of the 2017 legislative session. This legislation by Representative Gary Simrill (R-York),...more

Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act (Tax Cut Act of 2017) Heads to TN Senate & House for Vote - Legislative Update - Tennessee General...

A gas (tax) explosion was diverted this week in the House Finance Committee. If you will remember, last week House Speaker Beth Harwell announced she was working on an amendment to the transportation plan. Well, Rep. David...more

Dorsey’s Artin Betpera Advocates on Behalf of the Mortgage Industry with the California MBA at the State Capitol

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

It’s sure been busy at our State Capitol here in California this week. While the Legislators were furiously debating an increase in our state gas tax (already one of the highest in the nation), the California Mortgage Bankers...more

Highlights from Gov. Haslam's State of the State Address

Legislative Update - Tennessee General Assembly - Gov. Haslam opened his annual "State of the State" address on Monday with the phrase "Let's talk about the Tennessee we can be…" And, he did just that. The governor...more

New Jersey Tax Law Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The new tax law raises the gas tax to increase state revenue, but also includes provisions that are designed to reduce taxes for New Jersey residents. On October 14, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law...more

Thousands Of Californians Sign Up For VMT Trial

by Nossaman LLP on

In response to a request from the California Department of Transportation, 5,000 California drivers signed up for the state’s nine month pilot program to replace the state’s gas tax with a charge based on vehicle miles...more

Energy Newsletter - April 2016

by King & Spalding on

Managing In-Project Disputes in Major Construction Projects - What do you do when an unforeseen event threatens to increase the costs or time necessary to complete a major construction project? At first, it may seem...more

California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

by Nossaman LLP on

For years, policymakers and economists around the country have been well aware that the federal gas tax is dying. In its report to Congress, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2016

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - Extended debate on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H. 3579) ended this week in the Senate when lawmakers passed the highly contested bill by a vote of...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislative Stalemate Over Tax Conformity Continues - The Maine Legislature has reached a...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

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

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Transportation Spotlight

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Member announcements continued this week with three more legislators announcing they will not be seeking reelection. Rep. Paul Tine (U-Dare), Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston), Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) announced...more

More Potholes or Smoother Roads Ahead?

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

There is no lack of excitement here in our nation’s capital with the recent visit of the Pope, the ongoing debate over government funding and, now, the resignation of Speaker John Boehner. However, we will have to wait and...more

Third Time’s a Charm: Governor Bentley and Legislature Reach Budget/Tax Compromise

Summary - Governor Robert Bentley called a second special session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. to address the FY 2016 General Fund budget and associated revenue measures. After meeting for...more

Why Federal and State Agencies are Considering Converting from a “Gallons Consumed” to a “Road Usage” Tax – And What are the Risks...

This Change, It’s a Coming (Maybe) - Many states and the federal government are seriously considering converting from a “gallons consumed” tax levy to a “miles driven” program for determining gasoline tax. There are...more

News from Second and State

Week two of the budget stalemate is behind us, and there’s very little news to report. While news of a potential stop-gap budget and possible agreement on the imposition of a natural gas extraction tax might seem encouraging,...more

Tax Amnesty Hits the Midwest (and Beyond)

by McDermott Will & Emery on

With many state legislatures wrapping up session within the past month or so, there has been a flurry of last-minute tax amnesty legislation passed. Nearly a half-dozen states have authorized upcoming tax amnesty periods....more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Senate last week approved an amendment to the South Carolina Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and gave the bill second reading. The Senate also returned the proposed body camera legislation to the House with...more

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