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Minnesota Legislative Update: Budget and Economic Forecast Released

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On Tuesday, December 5, the office of Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the November Budget and Economic Forecast. Based on the forecast, the state is facing a projected budget deficit of $188 million for the...more

November Budget Forecast Announcement & Sepcial Election Date Set

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) released the 2017 November Budget and Economic Forecast. Projections show a deficit of $188 million for the current biennium, and a projected negative balance of $586 million for the...more

GOP Tax Legislation Poses Challenges to the Health Care Industry

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have both passed their tax reform bills and will now confer toward creating a unified bill that both chambers can support, and that President Trump will sign. The two bills differ...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislative Load Increases to 412 Bills for Second Regular Session - The ten-member Legislative Council met on Thursday, November 30 at the State House to consider appealed bill requests for introduction in the Second...more

The New Biennial Budget: Trick or Treat?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Connecticut became the last state in the country to adopt a budget, more than 120 days after the commencement of the current fiscal year. The biennial budget for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 was the...more

Medicaid Forecast: Slower Enrollment Growth and Higher Spending Growth for FY 2017 – 2018: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget...

by Baker Ober Health Law on

On October 19, Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Management Associates hosted a joint briefing to release their 17th Annual 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for state fiscal years (FY) 2017 and 2018. The survey highlights...more

Legislative Efforts to Improve Due Process for the Medicaid Audit Appeal Process

by Williams Mullen on

Responding to concerns raised by members of its Health Law Section, the Virginia Bar Association pursued budget language during the 2017 legislative session to address due process concerns with the manner in which the...more

News from Second & State

Budget Update - It was a busy week in Harrisburg as the legislature got down to the business of putting the state budget to bed at long last. After having sent the Governor an omnibus Administrative Code bill last week,...more

Worth Another Look: The Tax Reform Code

Time to raise the roof: a bill to raise the revenue (necessary to fund the 2017-2018 state budget) is finally before the Governor for his signature. After much debate and round after round of amendments, H.B. 542 passed the...more

The Revival of North Carolina General Assembly Special Sessions and Why They Matter

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Brief History of Special Sessions - In odd numbered years, after the North Carolina General Assembly adjourns its Long Session, the body typically abstains from lawmaking through the commencement of the Short Session the...more

Budget Update

The state budget stalemate continues nearly four months after the due date, but this week we finally saw some movement toward wrapping up the work on the 2017-2018 revenue package. First, the General Assembly checked one item...more

Worth Another Look: The Human Services Code

The first and only “code bill” to reach the Governor’s desk this fiscal year is H.B. 59 (Moul, R-Adams), the Human Services Code bill. Although the Governor has until October 28 to sign the bill into law, he previously stated...more

Tax Refunds in South Carolina? Don’t Plan On (Much, If Any) Interest.

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

One little known fact in South Carolina business and politics is that every year the South Carolina General Assembly uses a budget proviso to deny taxpayers interest that should be paid on tax refunds. Instead, the interest...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - This week brought another false start to the now four-month overdue state budget. All signs pointed toward “go” last week; the Senate even scheduled additional session days to come to Harrisburg and finally...more

Continuing Battle Over Revenue Sources in PA

The Pennsylvania General Assembly continues to battle over revenue sources while the state remains without a complete state budget. And when it seems impossible, things actually continue to worsen with the House and Senate...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Pennsylvania’s state spending plan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is long overdue. Yes, we had a “budget” by July 1, but legislation necessary to raise revenue needed to pay for it has been stalled ever since....more

5 Key Takeaways: North Carolina Legislative Update

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Government Relations Advisor Ches McDowell, based in the firm’s Raleigh and Winston-Salem offices, recently presented an update concerning the 2017 North Carolina Legislature....more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#3

Trump is Still Pulling Out of Paris Agreement, Despite Chatter of a Reversal, Experts Say - "President Donald Trump is unlikely to reverse his position to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the White House...more

The Netherlands - Budget 2018 - Dividend withholding tax and non-resident taxation

by Dentons on

On 19 September 2017, the Dutch government released the State’s Budget for the year 2018. The Budget includes a draft bill to expand the dividend withholding tax exemption to tax treaty countries, to introduce a withholding...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

by Mintz Levin on

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - As of our last writing, the General Assembly had sent Governor Wolf a budget bill in time to meet the June 30 deadline, but failed to pass legislation that would raise the revenue needed to foot the bill. By...more

See You In Court! – September 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The ongoing State budget stalemate has many public officials in Nutmeg on edge. “How can we give the Board of Education money when we don’t even know whether and when the State will give us our ECS funds?” asked Seymour...more

STATE BUDGET UPDATE: Ohio Senate Votes To Override Six Gubernatorial Vetoes

by Roetzel & Andress on

On June 30, Governor John R. Kasich (R) signed the state’s $132.8 billion biennial operating budget into law, setting out the state’s spending plan for the next two years. Before signing the budget, the Governor vetoed 47...more

Can a Legislature Really Change a Collective Bargaining Agreement?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

With all of the talk about the financial difficulties faced by the government, I, and others in here, sometimes get the question of whether the State of Connecticut or other states might try to change the laws on collective...more

FY18 Massachusetts Budget Update: Governor Baker Signs FY18 Budget

On Monday, July 17th, Governor Charlie Baker signed a budget for FY2018 that includes $39.4 billion in spending. This comes ten days after the Legislature approved a state budget with a $40.2 billion bottom line. The Senate...more

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