Legislation


Massachusetts Governor Seeks Tax Increases to Fund Public Projects

Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) announced ambitious plans to expand the state's transportation system. Like many other governors in these tight budgetary times, in order to fun...Continued

Massachusetts Considers Sales Tax Hike to Fund Transportation

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has released its 21st Century Transportation Plan. Designed to solve Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority ...Continued

California: Didn't Pay Your Taxes? You May be Out of Business

If you fail to pay your state taxes in California, you may find yourself out of business. Under Assembly Bill 1424, the state has the power to "suspend, revoke, and refuse to issue a license if...Continued

Washington: Proposed Budget Would Impact Taxes

Outgoing Governor Chris Gregoire (D) has released her final budget plan before leaving office on January 16, 2013, after eight years in Washington State's highest office. Part of her proposal is a...Continued

Connecticut Governor Proposes Plan to Lower Deficit

Connecticut has a projected deficit of more than $400 million. In response, Governor Daniel P. Malloy (D) has proposed reducing the state budget by nearly $243 million. His "roadmap to a deficit m...Continued

Gregoire and Haslam Call for Marketplace Fairness Now

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire (D) and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) have asked the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance to take action and pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832) before ...Continued

Will Russians Ban Public Smoking?

Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev is leading a campaign to ban public smoking in Russia. He is not alone. The Russian government has submitted a law to parliament that would prohibit the sal...Continued

Massachusetts Approves Medical Marijuana

On November 6, Massachusetts voters decided that medical marijuana should be legal in their state. As of January 1, 2013, "qualifying patients" will no longer be subject to "state criminal and civ...Continued

Arkansas Rejects Medical Marijuana

Arkansas voters rejected The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act on November 6. Yet the final tally, with 51% of Arkansans voting against and 49% voting for medical marijuana, indicates that the state ...Continued

California: Sales Tax Exemption for Alternative Energy

California's SB 71 which was passed in 2003, was designed to promote California-based manufacturing, increase California-based jobs, and encourage the reduction of greenhouse gases and air and wat...Continued