Creditor Protection & 529 Plans

Evaluation of creditor risk and the development of a strategy for acquiring creditor protected assets is an essential element of every good estate plan. While promoting funds for higher education, state law provides certain creditor protection benefits for 529 savings plans. For example, New York...

Sky Appears to Be Falling on Higher Education Copyright Policies

I'm designating myself the Chicken Little of academic copyrights. Last week, I wrote about the lecture note monkeyshines at UC Berkley , where students are restricted from note sharing because of instructor copyrights. This week, I look up and see the sky falling at the University of Louisiana. There...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 23, 2012

Budget & Taxes A TALE OF TWO TAX STRUCTURES AND ONE CITY: Which is worse: high income taxes or high sales taxes? That's a question residents of the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon ponder fairly regularly. Oregon has no sales tax, but it has one of the nation's highest income...

State Net Capitol Journal – April 23, 2012

Budget & Taxes A TALE OF TWO TAX STRUCTURES AND ONE CITY: Which is worse: high income taxes or high sales taxes? That's a question residents of the metropolitan area of Portland, Oregon ponder fairly regularly. Oregon has no sales tax, but it has one of the nation's highest income...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 13, 2012

Budget & Taxes STATE BUDGETS STILL IMPROVING BUT NOT YET SECURE: Year-end balances are on the rise. Revenues are returning to pre-recession levels. Spending is in line with budget projections. That's what state legislative fiscal directors have been telling the National Conference of State...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 13, 2012

Budget & Taxes STATE BUDGETS STILL IMPROVING BUT NOT YET SECURE: Year-end balances are on the rise. Revenues are returning to pre-recession levels. Spending is in line with budget projections. That's what state legislative fiscal directors have been telling the National Conference of State...

Nation’s Highest Court Must Reverse Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Equal Protection Decision

By William Perry Pendley, President and Chief Operating Officer of Mountain States Legal Foundation A western nonprofit, public-interest legal foundation has urged the Supreme Court of the United States to reverse a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Coalition to Defend Affirmative...

Maryland Failed To Desegregate Higher Education System, District Court Rules

A U.S. District Court judge ruled recently that the State of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission failed to desegregate the State’s system of higher education as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. The lawsuit, filed...

New Campus SaVE Act Requirements Effective

By Olabisi L. Okubadejo, Dee Spagnuolo, and Rachel M. Keene Colleges and universities now face new obligations regarding reports of crime statistics, student disciplinary procedures, and policies and procedures to address and prevent sexual violence on campus. The requirements are being imposed...