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Infrastructure

When Proposed Public and Private Projects Collide

by Nossaman LLP on

Infrastructure projects take years to develop: the environmental review, funding, design, procurement, and construction of a public project is time consuming in any state, but even more so in California given the strict...more

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

GAO Report on Automated Vehicles Finds DOT Needs Roadmap

On November 30, 2017, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report (“Report”) outlining its findings of the key challenges facing policy-makers as the regulatory environment seeks to promote the...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #9

Fast-moving Tax Bill Creates Uncertainties for Infrastructure Plan - As the GOP works to resolve its House and Senate tax bills, the legislation’s impact on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is far from...more

Oregon Client Alert Urgent Action Needed to Preserve Private Activity Bonds

Maintaining the existing authority under the Code for private activity bonds (PABs) is vital to continuing public and private investments in infrastructure that support the economy and essential public services. Such...more

Tax reform update: H.R. 1 proposes significant limits on municipal bonds

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

UPDATE: In the early morning hours of Saturday, December 2, 2017, the United States Senate, by a vote of 51-49, approved its version of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, commonly referred to as the Senate’s tax bill....more

Learning a Lesson from Flint: New York State Takes Important Steps to Ensure Clean Drinking Water

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Stemming from the recent drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which has had life-lasting effects for many of its residents, including children, due to unsafe lead-related toxicity levels in the drinking water, New York...more

Corporate E-Note - November 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In this Alert, Warren Matthews and Lee Thuston share key takeaways from the “State of the Automotive Industry in the U.S.” presentation during the 2017 Southern Automotive Conference. Thuston shared remarks at the conference,...more

Major Revisions to CEQA Guidelines Proposed - Measuring Transportation Impacts Under CEQA: The Paradigm Shift to Vehicle Miles...

by Nossaman LLP on

The paradigm shift in the evaluation of the transportation impacts of road and development projects has arrived. The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) announced the most comprehensive and far-reaching...more

Will Tax Reform’s Elimination of Advance Refundings Usher in a New Era of Municipal Derivatives?

by Clark Hill PLC on

With the termination of tax-exempt advance refunding bonds squarely in the crosshairs of the tax reform measures making their way through both houses of Congress, the municipal market needs to consider the impact of the loss...more

DC Circuit Upholds Validity of Crossing Agreement Between Michigan State Officials and the Government of Canada

On November 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, in Detroit International Bridge Company v. Government of Canada, et al., affirmed the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that...more

Climate risk? Credit risk! Moody’s Warns State and Local Governments

Earlier this week, Moody’s Investors Service announced issuance of a report (payment required) warning that: “the effects of climate change, including climbing global temperatures, and rising sea levels, are forecast to...more

Financing Infrastructure Through Tax Policy: Tug-of-War with a Frayed Rope

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Private activity bonds are issued by or on behalf of states and local governments to finance certain private (or partially private) projects that benefit the public. Usually, interest income from bonds issued...more

Federal Subsidies on Direct-pay Taxable Bonds Could Be Reduced to $0 if Pending Tax Bills are Passed by Year End

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

As introduced, the House and Senate tax bills are projected to increase deficits and could trigger the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (the “PAYGO law”). Without any other legislation to offset the increase, required...more

P3 Lawyer Appointed Federal Railroad Administration Chief Counsel

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President Trump recently appointed former Seyfarth Shaw LLP (“Seyfarth”) attorney Juan D. Reyes, III as Chief Counsel of the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”). Mr. Reyes was previously a partner in the real estate...more

Legislative Session Primer: Governor Holcomb's Agenda and Study Committee Recommendations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The legislative season will officially get underway on Tuesday, November 21 when the Indiana General Assembly convenes at the Statehouse for its annual Organization Day. Two newly elected state representatives will be sworn...more

Executive Regulation on Value Added Tax in the UAE

by Bracewell LLP on

The United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) Federal Tax Authority has recently published the draft Executive Regulations of Federal Decree Law No. 8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax (the “VAT Law”) which introduces a 5% VAT on the import and...more

Happiness under the African sky, or not?

by Hogan Lovells on

Everyone is in pursuit of happiness - that elusive state in the human psyche that is not merely a positive mood but a state of well-being with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction. Happiness is fast becoming a measure for...more

P3 Legislative Update

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Legislators at both the state and local level have been busy introducing and considering new legislation that could impact the government procurement process and public/private partnerships. These new provisions will...more

The Impact On U.S. Corporations If The House's "Tax Cuts And Jobs Act" Passes

We drafted a tax alert that addresses the impact of the much anticipated "Tax Cut and Jobs Act" (H.R. 1) on the taxation of U.S. Corporations. The complete text of the alert is available here. Below is a brief summary of H.R....more

LAWA Receives Technical Proposals from Three Teams for APM Project

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) announced last Thursday that it has received three Technical Proposals in response to its Request for Proposals for the Automated People Mover (APM) project....more

Federal Tax Reform: Senate Proposal Repeals Advance Refundings but Keeps Private Activity Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Senate Finance Committee unveiled a section-by-section description of its tax reform package on November 9, 2017, including municipal bond provisions that reject efforts by the House Ways and Means Committee to terminate...more

Top Five Takeaways from Hogan Lovells Sovereign Investment Conference and a Tax List

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On 26 October, Hogan Lovells hosted its inaugural Sovereign Investor Conference where investment professionals as well as deal and regulatory lawyers discussed the key issues facing government-sponsored investors. Topics they...more

Leveraging SB1 Funding: Considerations for California Public Entities Entitled to Receive SB1 Revenues and their Financial...

In April 2017, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was enacted in California (also known as California Senate Bill “SB1”). Key facts about SB1 are as follows...more

Proposed House Ways and Means Committee Tax Bill Would Eliminate All PABs

by Nossaman LLP on

Last week the House Republican leadership unveiled its much anticipated US tax reform bill. The bill proposes the most sweeping changes to the tax code in 30 years—since the 1986 Tax Act, which by the way imposed many of the...more

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