Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

Detroit’s Property Tax: Averting Another Disaster

Having emerged last year from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, Detroit is still hindered in its recovery by structural flaws in its property tax system, according to a new report published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Governor Announces Appointments

Governor Bruce Rauner announced today he has appointed an Inspector General of the Illinois Tollway, and made judicial appointments to the Illinois Court of Claims and the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board


When Father Dunne’s News Boys’ Home and Protectorate was founded in 1906, it served as a refuge for orphaned or abandoned boys, many whom worked selling newspapers on the streets of St. Louis. For more than a century, the three-story building at 2010 Washington Avenue provided a home for those experiencing homelessness and after renovation in 1970, it became the Harbor Light Center serving persons struggling with chronic substance abuse and various disabilities.

Statement of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law on HUD Criminal Records...

On November 2, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued guidance to clarify that public housing authorities may not use arrest records as a basis to deny admission to housing and to stress that criminal records screening criteria must comply with civil rights laws. The following can be attributed to Marie Claire Tran-Leung, Staff Attorney, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law


U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and David Perdue, R-Ga., have cosponsored two resolutions of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing new energy regulations that could raise the cost of living for hardworking taxpayers and turn back the clock on America’s energy independence

Reminder: Second half of 2015 property taxes are due Monday, Nov. 2

Clark County Treasurer Doug Lasher reminds residents that second-installment property taxes are due Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. “If you have not received your 2015 second-installment tax statement or have lost it,

Wyden To Secretary Lew: Volkswagen’s Clean Energy Tax Breaks Should Be Recovered, but Car...

In a letter sent Wednesday, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice as they consider levying penalties against Volkswagen Group, writing that tax benefits fraudulently earned by the automaker should be recovered. During the period of time in which Volkswagen illicitly evaded emissions standards with special “defeat devices” installed in their vehicles, the company was the beneficiary of two significant clean energy tax programs: the Alternative Motor Vehicle Credit and the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Credit

County Executive Mike Hein Delivers 2016 Executive Budget Which Cuts County Property Taxes To...

Today, on the campus of the new, state-of-the-art Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein delivered the 2016 Executive Budget.  Property taxpayer relief remains a constant in this year’s budget which carries a 1.1% property tax cut for Ulster County residents with no reduction in services or layoffs.

AEIC Staff Paper Examines Impacts of Tax Reform Proposals on Energy Prices

Comprehensive tax reform proposals designed to lower individual and corporate tax rates while removing or limiting many current deductions and credits could significantly raise the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for wind, solar and gas-fired electricity generation, according to a new staff paper released today by the American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC).

Fried Frank Recognized in Vault’s Best Law Firms to Work For, Remains #1 in...

Fried Frank has been recognized across various categories in Vault’s 2016 “Best Law Firms” rankings. The Firm remained #1 in the Best Law Firms for Real Estate Law ranking and was newly ranked in the Best Law Firms for Compensation ranking at #7. Additionally, Fried Frank is newly ranked in the following categories


The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest today arguing that making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places, when there is insufficient shelter space in a city, unconstitutionally punishes them for being homeless. The statement of interest was filed in federal district court in Idaho in Bell v. City of Boise et al., a case brought by homeless plaintiffs who were convicted under Boise ordinances that criminalize sleeping or camping in public

NAMB Calls for Full Disclosure of Increased G-fees on New TRID Forms

NAMB - the Association of Mortgage Professionals, is calling on Congress to require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to include a new line item clearly stating the hidden cost of G-fees on the soon to be required TRID forms. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guarantee fees, commonly referred to as G-fees, are not readily detectable by consumers in their mortgage documents since they are incorporated into the underlying rates paid by borrowers.

Stevens Blasts Senate Plan to Tax Homebuyers

David H. Stevens, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, issued the following statement upon learning that the U.S. Senate's transportation funding bill would extend an increase of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's guarantee fees in order to fund transportation projects.

Finance Committee Tax Reform Working Group Does Not Recommend Changes to Housing Credit, Bonds

On July 8, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released reports from the five bipartisan working groups the Committee established earlier this year to develop policy options and recommendations for it to consider as part of comprehensive tax reform. The reports focused on individual income, business income, savings and investment, international taxes, and community development and infrastructure.

Lawyers’ Committee Applauds Release of Final HUD Rule Implementing Duty to Affirmatively Further Fair...

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) applauds today’s release of the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s (HUD) final “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” regulation. The duty to affirmatively further fair housing is an important provision of the 1968 Fair Housing Act designed to promote the primary goal of the Act – residential integration and all of the opportunities such integration brings to communities.

$19 Billion Settlement From BP Should Go to Gulf Recovery

As part of an agreement with the federal government and Gulf Coast states, BP today agreed to pay $18.7 billion to resolve lawsuits over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

WOTUS Update: Final ‘Clean Water Rule’ Causes Flood of Lawsuits

Although signed on May 27, the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) was not officially published in the Federal Register until Monday, June 29. The publication of the rule determined its effective date of August 28, 2015, and opened the door for legal challenges. Immediately following publication, at least 18 state attorneys jointly filed three lawsuits to block the rule. Tuesday, June 30, nine additional states jointly challenged the rule in federal court.

President Obama Signs TPA Legislation into Law

President Barack Obama has signed into law the “Defending Public Safety Employees’ Retirement Act,” which includes legislation to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Dave Snyder, vice president, international policy at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) issued the following statement

FY-2016 Rental Production Application Workshop

FY 2016 Application Workshop is open to applicants who wish to submit a fiscal year 2016 application for 9% and 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME funds or MHDC Fund Balance. We strongly recommend that developers who are interested in submitting a FY 2016 Rental Production Application attend. Registration will be open soon.

Sanitary Sewer Overflows into Broad Creek

Preliminary findings indicate that a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) at the Broad Creek Wastewater Pumping Station at 10315 Livingston Rd. in Ft. Washington exceeded 10,000 gallons. The overflow occurred on Saturday night in the wake of the heavy rainfall at the pumping station

Nation’s Wealthiest Families Behind the Effort to Kill the Estate Tax

Just nine families could dodge $25.7 billion in taxes, and perhaps as much as $54.7 billion, if the estate tax were repealed. Half of these families have spent more than a million dollars apiece lobbying Congress to repeal the tax between 2012 and the first quarter of 2015, a new Public Citizen report shows. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a repeal of the estate tax in April.

ICBA Rejects NCUA Proposal to Expand Credit Union Business Lending Powers

Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) President and CEO Camden R. Fine released this statement following the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) board’s release of a proposed rule to relax business-lending rules for tax-exempt credit unions.

Sick and Tired, Allies Stand Together for Paid Sick Legislation

This morning, a coalition of organizations that include faith-based, women’s rights groups, community groups and labor unions, united this morning at the City County Building Portico to launch a paid sick days campaign in the city. The coalition is calling on City Council to pass an ordinance providing for one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked

Treasury Announces $3.5 Billion in New Markets Tax Credit Awards to Spur Economic Growth...

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) today announced more than $3.5 billion in New Markets Tax Credit awards aimed at stimulating investment and economic growth in low-income urban neighborhoods and rural communities nationwide. A total of 76 organizations (Allocatees) across the country will receive tax credit allocation authority under the 2014 round of the New Markets Tax Credit Program

Four Ways Consumers Can Save on Homeowner’s Insurance

As consumers strive to continue making a living in the ever changing economic climate the urge to find ways to cut back and save are imminent. For homeowner’s in particular, the overall cost of the mortgage and property taxes can quickly become a burden. Adding to that burden is the expense of having insurance

Compliance with environmental laws protects air, land, and water in communities across Alaska, Idaho,...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10, completed over 40 environmental compliance and enforcement actions in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington from January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015

Obama Administration’s ‘Blacklisting’ Proposal Bad for Contractors, Employees and Taxpayers

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today issued the following statement regarding the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” proposed rule issued by the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council. The proposed rule and a guidance memo issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) implement President Obama’s July 31, 2014, sweeping "blacklisting" Executive Order 13673 targeting the federal contracting community.

Lincoln Institute Study Compares Property Tax in 50 States

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy released the annual 50-State Property Tax Comparison Study, a comprehensive analysis of effective property tax rates in each state’s largest city, one rural area in each state, and the District of Columbia.

Senate Bill Would Eliminate Critical Post-Crisis Lending Rules

On May 12, Senator Richard Shelby unveiled a discussion draft of a bill that would, among other things, undermine key banking and mortgage reforms established by the landmark Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection law.

Norton to Speak at Capitol Crossing Groundbreaking, Today

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today will speak at the official groundbreaking of Capitol Crossing, a $1.3 billion privately-funded project that will reconnect F Street NW and G Street NW by building a deck over I-395. The unique, long-sought project, operated by Property Group Partners, will span three city blocks, offering 5 mixed-use buildings with 2.2 million square feet and generating $30 million in property taxes for the District

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Natural Resources

Onshore Energy Bill Draws Praise as Subcommitte Continues Broad Overhaul of...

The Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony on a discussion draft of the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bill allows states with established regulatory programs to seek primacy for the implementation of federal permitting responsibilities for oil and gas development on federal lands

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ABC CEO Mike Bellaman Appointed to Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion...

Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), has been appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta  to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s June 15 Executive Order 13801.