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What Might Wayfair Mean for Me? The Changing Landscape of State and Local Sales Taxes and Retroactivity Concerns

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

The rise of the internet retailer has created significant loss of sales tax revenue for state revenue agencies due to the loss of revenue from sales and use tax collected in brick-and-mortar retail establishments....more

Proposition 13 Ballot Initiative Qualifies for Signature Gathering

Proponents of The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018 have received clearance from the California Attorney General to gather signatures in support of a ballot initiative to revoke Proposition 13...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Petition Submitted for Citizen Initiative to Add New Tax to Fund Homecare Services - On January 26, the Maine People's Alliance (MPA) submitted a petition to the Secretary of State's office that, if certified, would put a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Fed held its last Open Markets Committee meeting under outgoing Chair Yellen, and it agreed to hold the benchmark rate in a range between 1.25% and 1.5%. Here’s the lowdown....more

Two Recent Business License Tax Cases Show Increasingly Aggressive Municipalities

Alabama local governments are combatting revenue losses and concomitant budget issues primarily because of the loss of their sales tax base to online sellers and because of their citizens’ demand for more or increasingly...more

Marijuana by the Numbers

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

As we’ve blogged before, we don’t believe that Attorney General Sessions’ revocation of the Cole Memorandum will have much impact on the regulated, licensed marijuana industry. As of this post, we’ve neither heard nor read of...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part I - Elections, Public Records Act, Revenue and Conflicts of Interest

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

PARCA Issues Updated Study: How Alabama Taxes Compare

The well-respected Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), the non-profit think tank headquartered at Samford University in Birmingham, recently published its periodic report, How Alabama Taxes Compare, which...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

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

Episode 26: Talking Tax Reform and Executive Comp

by Akerman LLP on

Don’t let the episode title scare you away! Matt welcomes colleague Leanne Reagan to discuss how the House’s proposed tax reform bill impacts compensation arrangements and how, if passed into law, it could completely...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

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 Council Hears State Fiscal Report - On Tuesday, September 19, the Legislative Council...more

Desperate for Offsetting Tax Revenue, Trump looks to Tax your 401(k) and Remove your deduction for Mortgage Interest

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Desperate for an accomplishment in this first year of Republican control of the federal government, the Trump administration is floating two ideas that seem on their faces to be non-starters. One, taxing 401(k) contributions...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies that Voter Initiatives Are Not Subject to Certain of Proposition 218’s Limitations on Local...

Since Proposition 218 was passed in 1996, which added Article XIIIC to the California Constitution (“Article XIIIC”), local governments have faced heightened restrictions in their abilities to impose taxes. Specifically,...more

Taxes By Voter Initiative Not Restricted By Article XIII C of the California Constitution - California Supreme Court Holds That...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The power of the initiative is the power of the electorate to propose new laws subject to approval by voters. Filed yesterday, California Cannabis Coalition v. City of Upland et al. looks at the interplay between the...more

Education Week Article Examines Harmful Revenue Impact of Property Tax Appeals

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent article in Education Week has caught the attention of many local educators. The article, available here, discusses a national trend in property tax assessment appeals that can have devastating effects on school...more

Public Education Under Attack in Florida

Imagine a world in which public education did not exist. A world in which children did not have schools to attend. A world in which the future generation could not obtain a diploma. It is hard to imagine such a world, as the...more

West Wing Revolving Door and Retirement Plan Ideas Floating in D.C.

by Winstead PC on

I started writing this when Scaramucci was communications director, but before I could finish it the revolving door at the West Wing had swung again and he was out. In addition to his statements made to the press, which do...more

Oregon's New Vehicle and Bike Taxes

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Famously opposed to a “sales” tax (except on marijuana), Oregon will soon add a half-percent “privilege” tax on new car dealers to its growing list of excise taxes, including car rentals and transient lodging, not to mention...more

California Enacts New Regulatory Framework for Medical and Recreational Cannabis

This blog usually explores the relationship between real estate and one green substance — money. But cannabis is the greenery getting a lot of recent attention in California, and its impact on real estate will be difficult...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - June 2017

by DLA Piper on

Nonprofits sue FDA over delay in menu-labeling rule. On June 7, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the National Consumers League filed suit in the US District Court for the District of Columbia against the...more

Tobacco companies sue state for cigarette fee

by GableGotwals on

The tobacco fee’s critics warned that the state might get sued because of the measure, and they were right. Tobacco companies filed a lawsuit Wednesday to argue the measure is unconstitutional. Tobacco giant Phillip Morris...more

Cities Can Sue Banks for Predatory Lending, U.S. Supreme Court Says

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While the nationwide economy has steadily improved since the recession, many cities are still clawing their way back to financial stability. California, in particular, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis, leaving cities in...more

Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits: a Legislative Update

by Williams Mullen on

The Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit (“HRTC”) Program (Virginia Code § 58.1-339.2) has been a significant factor in the preservation of historic properties and the revitalization of urban centers across the...more

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