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Governor Baker Files FY2019 Budget
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Governor Charlie Baker released a $40.9 billion budget proposal for FY2019.
United States
1 Feb 2018
Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions
Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall.
United States
21 Sep 2017
Will It Soon Be Game Over For Tax-Exempt Financing Of Professional Sports Stadiums?
A bill has been introduced that would eliminate the availability of federally tax-exempt bonds for stadium financings.
United States
27 Jun 2017
Fostering Financial Aid Literacy In Students: H.R. 3179
Examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016 and approved by the full House of Representatives on July 11, 2016.
United States
11 Aug 2016
ABLE Programs And Beneficiaries Boosted By Helpful Guidance From IRS And Social Security Administration
Recent and imminent actions by regulators at the United States Treasury and Social Security Administration evidence commendable dedication to sanding off some of the rougher edges of the ABLE legislation.
United States
25 Nov 2015
Helpful News From IRS On Student Loan Bonds
As a general proposition, the national student loan market is growing and dynamic. Notice 2015-78 will assist governmental issuers in fulfilling their intended role.
United States
20 Nov 2015
Can Alphabet Soup Fix Puerto Rico's Debt Service Issues?
Last week, the Working Group for the Fiscal and Economic Recovery of Puerto Rico gave the broadest hint yet of the next tactic in Puerto Rico's ongoing quest to deleverage itself.
United States
30 Sep 2015
Who is "Disabled" Under ABLE?
The recently-enacted federal ABLE statute provides a long-awaited vehicle for tax-exempt investing to meet future disability-related expenses of disabled individuals.
United States
21 Jan 2015
Puerto Rico Bondholders Await Contract Impairment Ruling In Teacher Pension Reform Litigation
We previously discussed the Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s decision in the Hernandez case, in which by a 5-4 vote the court upheld the constitutionality under federal and Puerto Rico law of pension reform legislation affecting public sector employees, holding that though such legislation substantially impairs contract rights, the measures are reasonable and necessary to salvage the actuarial soundness of the pension system and that less onerous measures are unavailable.
United States
10 Feb 2014
Could Bondholders Bring Claims Against Puerto Rico Bond Issuers In Courts Outside Puerto Rico?
As Puerto Rico prepares to access the public markets with a new bond issue, the Wall Street Journal reports that the list of demands from some potential investors include, in addition to a high interest rate and as much security as the issuer can provide, the issuer’s consent to the adjudication in the New York courts of any future disputes involving the applicable bonds.
United States
4 Feb 2014
Puerto Rico Supreme Court’s Deference to Legislature’s Determinations: A Double-Edged Sword for Puerto Rico Bondholders?
The Government Development Bank for Puerto Rico (GDB) hosted an unusual public conference call on October 31 to respond to legal questions raised by investors in bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation, better known by its Spanish acronym, COFINA
United States
20 Jan 2014
ML Strategies Posts Weekly Health Care Reform Update on October 28, 2013
ML Strategies has posted its weekly Health Care Reform Update.
United States
4 Nov 2013
SGR Reform—Improved Outlook For Congressional Action This Year?
The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula was enacted in 1992 as a statutory means of controlling Medicare spending by calculating annual updates to the Medicare physician fee schedule.
United States
29 Oct 2013
Fiscal Cliff Legislation Extends Tax Incentive To Invest In Small Businesses
As a result of the recent "fiscal cliff" legislation, otherwise known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (2012 Tax Act), many individual investors are expecting future tax increases, either in the form of higher capital gains tax on their investment profits or higher income taxes on their salaries.
United States
21 Jan 2013
"28% Cap" Unlikely To Trigger Wave Of Municipal Bond Tax Calls
Market commenters have suggested that billions of dollars in municipal bonds may be subject to par redemptions.
United States
9 Jan 2013
Detroit's "Fiscal Cliff" And Michigan's Response
Detroit’s increasingly distressed financial condition has created a dynamic and rapidly evolving situation where the potential of a Chapter 9 filing appears to be the subject of renewed discussion and legislative attention.
United States
17 Dec 2012
2011-2012 Massachusetts Legislative Session
The formal legislative session for 2011-2012 concluded on July 31st.
United States
8 Oct 2012
Conflicts Disclosure And Acknowledgments In MSRB Rule G-17 Disclosure Letters
At this point, it seems unlikely that individual underwriters will deviate very far from the SIFMA Model letter.
United States
5 Oct 2012
IRS Warns That Financial Restructurings Can Jeopardize Tax-Exemption Of Bonds
The IRS is planning on sending out letters ("Letters") over the next few months to several hundred issuers who have experienced covenant or payment defaults from 2007 to the present.
United States
21 Jun 2012
Massachusetts State Senate Advances Foreclosure Legislation
The Massachusetts Senate last week passed Senate Bill 2298, "An Act to Prevent Unlawful and Unnecessary Foreclosures."
United States
21 Jun 2012
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