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How the GOP Will Really Get 'ObamaCare'

This week Republicans in the House will bring to the floor a bill called " Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. " Stupid name for a stupid idea. This particular bill is going nowhere. Nonetheless, voting for it will make the House GOP members feel good. But that's not how the...

Is Tax Litigation Irrational?

According to Supreme Court barrister Robert A. Long it may well be. Our beloved world of tax litigation had its 15 minutes of fame this morning as the first argument challenging President Obama's health care law involved the applicability of the Anti-Injunction Act. Probably best known among tax...

Proposed Regs Clarify Charitable Hospital Organization Requirements

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act added IRC Section 501(r) , which imposes detailed conditions on a hospital organization seeking exemption under IRC Section 501(c)(3) . In addition to satisfying the requirements of IRC Section 501(c)(3) , hospital organizations must also meet the: community...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 20, 2012

Budget & Taxes MA LEADS WAY AGAIN ON HEALTH REFORM: Massachusetts' 2006 health care reform law - upon which the federal Affordable Care Act was patterned - has arguably achieved its primary aim of reducing the number of residents without health coverage; the number of uninsured in the state...

State Net Capitol Journal – August 20, 2012

Budget & Taxes MA LEADS WAY AGAIN ON HEALTH REFORM: Massachusetts' 2006 health care reform law - upon which the federal Affordable Care Act was patterned - has arguably achieved its primary aim of reducing the number of residents without health coverage; the number of uninsured in the state...

Obamacare Survives Under Power of Taxation

In the Supreme Court's decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, 132 S. Ct. 2566 (June 28, 2012) , the Court determined the constitutionality of the most controversial provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 ( P.L. 111-148 , also known...

State Net Capitol Journal – December 10, 2012

Budget & Taxes GOVERNMENTS PAYING PRICE FOR CORPORATE INCENTIVES: States, counties and cities are handing out more than $80 billion in incentives to companies each year, according to an investigation by The New York Times. But a full accounting of the awards isn't possible, the Times said...

State Net Capitol Journal – December 10, 2012

Budget & Taxes GOVERNMENTS PAYING PRICE FOR CORPORATE INCENTIVES: States, counties and cities are handing out more than $80 billion in incentives to companies each year, according to an investigation by The New York Times. But a full accounting of the awards isn't possible, the Times said...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 14, 2012

Budget & Taxes HEALTH REFORM LAW DOESN'T HALT MAJOR RATE HIKES: One of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stem the rising cost of health insurance for American consumers. But that hasn't stopped health insurance companies from seeking and obtaining big premium increases...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 14, 2013

Budget & Taxes HEALTH REFORM LAW DOESN'T HALT MAJOR RATE HIKES: One of the main objectives of the Affordable Care Act was to stem the rising cost of health insurance for American consumers. But that hasn't stopped health insurance companies from seeking and obtaining big premium increases...

State Net Capitol Journal – October 21, 2013; States Debate Benefit Of Red-Light Cameras

Budget & Taxes STATES DEBATE BENEFIT OF RED-LIGHT CAMERAS: Communities in 24 states now have at least one red-light camera, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. But whether those cameras have made the communities' intersections safer — or just made their respective...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 4, 2013; Budget & Taxes: Medicaid Outpaces Private Insurance In ACA's Opening Weeks

Budget & Taxes MEDICAID OUTPACES PRIVATE INSURANCE IN ACA'S OPENING WEEKS: In May the Congressional Budget Office projected that as a result of the Affordable Care Act, nine million more Americans would enroll in Medicaid in 2014 and seven million would sign up for private health coverage...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 11, 2013: Tech Industry Curbs Taxes

Budget & Taxes TECH INDUSTRY CURBS TAXES: As the nation's economy has shifted from goods-based to service-based, some states have sought to counter the resulting revenue hit by taxing technological services like the updating of computer software. But few have succeeded. In fact, according...

State Net Capitol Journal – November 25, 2013; Budget & Taxes: Alabama Bond Sale May Establish Bankruptcy Template

Budget & Taxes AL BOND SALE MAY ESTABLISH BANKRUPTCY TEMPLATE: Jefferson County, Alabama sold $1.8 billion in bonds this month. What's particularly noteworthy about that is the county has been in bankruptcy since November 2011, after defaulting on $3.1 billion in sewer-revenue debt. The bond...

State Net Capitol Journal – January 19, 2015; Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights

Budget & Taxes SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE FATE OF CO TABOR: Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights — requiring lawmakers to obtain voter approval to raise taxes and to issue refunds to taxpayers when revenues grow faster than inflation and population growth — has survived repeated...

State Net Capitol Journal – February 2, 2015; Suit Blames Morgan Stanley For Detroit's Fiscal Crisis

Budget & Taxes SUIT BLAMES MORGAN STANLEY FOR DETROIT'S FISCAL CRISIS: The Wall Street investment firm that has already agreed under settlements with U.S. government regulators to pay over $1.5 billion for its part in the subprime mortgage scandal that helped precipitate the Great Recession...