State & Local

  • July 11, 2024

    Minn. Ends Fiscal Year $421M Ahead Of Revenue Estimates

    Minnesota's total net revenue for the fiscal year was $421 million higher than forecast, according to the state Department of Management and Budget.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ohio Revenue Trails Estimates By $928M In Fiscal 2024

    Ohio's general revenue in the 2024 fiscal year was $928 million lower than estimates, according to the state Office of Budget and Management.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ohio Justices To Hear Arguments In Aramark Tax Dispute

    Hospitality services provider Aramark will argue its appeal of a denied tax break for reimbursements received from clients before the Ohio Supreme Court and not before a master commissioner, the court said Thursday.

  • July 10, 2024

    NJ Panel Says Tax Amendment Challenge Had No Real Claim

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Wednesday tossed a challenge to an amendment blocking certain appeals from being litigated in the state's tax court, reasoning that parties can still fight tax matters in trial court.

  • July 10, 2024

    Pa. House OKs EV Fee, End Of Tax On Residential Charging

    Pennsylvania would impose an annual fee on electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and eliminate an alternative fuels tax on electricity for charging done at private residences under a bill the state House of Representatives passed Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    MGM's Suit Against Mich. Tax For Ill. Riverboat Sale Tossed

    A Michigan subsidiary of MGM failed a requirement to request an alternative apportionment method before going to court in its challenge of a corporate income tax assessed on gains from its sale of an interest in a riverboat casino, the state Court of Claims ruled.

  • July 10, 2024

    NJ OKs Relaxing Worker Location Rules For Tax Credits

    New Jersey made it easier for businesses with remote employees to qualify for some of the state's tax breaks and grant programs by loosening the state's employee location requirement under a bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    A&E Overcomes NYC's Rejection Of Debt Deductions

    A&E Television Networks may claim a New York City corporate tax deduction for certain debt expenses, a city administrative law judge said in a determination released Wednesday, saying deductions allowed federally are also allowed against the city tax.

  • July 10, 2024

    NJ Expands Film Tax Credit To More Digital Productions

    New Jersey expanded its film tax credit program's definition of digital media content to include other forms of digital content under a bill signed Wednesday by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy.

  • July 10, 2024

    Ohio Board Boosts Value Of Wendy's Property To $2.1M

    An Ohio city and school board proved that a property housing a newly constructed Wendy's restaurant was undervalued based on comparable properties in the area and that its value should be increased to $2.1 million, the state's Board of Tax Appeals ruled.

  • July 10, 2024

    Fla. Net Revenue Through May Beats Estimates By $1B

    Florida's net revenue collection from July 2023 through May was $1.06 billion higher than estimates, according to the state Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

  • July 10, 2024

    Calif. Ends Fiscal Year With Revenue $3B Over Estimates

    California's general fund revenue in the 2024 fiscal year was $3 billion higher than estimated, the California state controller said Wednesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    NY Judge In Trump Case OKs Narrow Subpoena For Atty

    An attorney who told reporters he held an impromptu hallway conversation with a New York state judge in the lead-up to February's $464.6 million civil fraud judgment against Donald Trump must turn over any communications he had with the court regarding the underlying action, according to a Tuesday ruling.

  • July 09, 2024

    Calif. Health Players Back Managed Care Tax Amid Uncertainty

    A ballot measure backed by some of the biggest healthcare players in California is designed to protect billions of dollars in revenue for the state's Medicaid program. Its impact may hinge on persuading more doctors to serve low-income patients.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mont. Floats Regs To Implement Income Tax Changes

    Montana would implement legislation enacted in 2021 that made substantive changes to the state's individual income tax under regulatory updates proposed by the state Department of Revenue.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mo. Exempts Streaming, Satellite Cos. From Local Fees

    Missouri will exempt streaming and satellite TV companies from local franchise fees as part of two bills signed into law by the governor Tuesday, despite cities in the state banding together to seek such fees from Netflix, Hulu, DirecTV and others in class actions.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ohio Justice Criticizes Dialysis Co.'s Tax Apportionment Claim

    An Ohio Supreme Court justice expressed deep skepticism Tuesday about a dialysis company's arguments that a portion of its receipts from medical services that it provided to Ohio patients should be sourced to other states.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mich. Property Tax Elimination Fails To Get On 2024 Ballot

    A constitutional amendment that would have eliminated Michigan's property taxes will not appear on the 2024 state ballot after its backers failed to submit the signatures needed to qualify, the secretary of state's office confirmed Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-NRA Finance Chief Agrees To 10-Year NY Nonprofit Ban

    A former chief financial officer of the National Rifle Association has agreed not to serve as a fiduciary of a New York nonprofit for 10 years as part of a settlement in the state attorney general's suit in state court alleging he and other executives misused donor money, according to deal terms disclosed Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Hawaii Justices Will Hear Airline's Tax Complaint

    Hawaiian Airlines will be able to contest a state intermediate court order that found the tax appeal court did not have jurisdiction over the airline's tax appeal, the state Supreme Court ruled.

  • July 09, 2024

    Mo. Allows Opt-Outs To Pass-Through Entity Tax

    Missouri will allow members of pass-through entities to opt out of the state's entity-level tax that bypasses the $10,000 federal cap on state and local tax deductions under a bill signed by the governor Tuesday. 

  • July 09, 2024

    Iowa's Total 2024 Receipts $266M Higher Than Previous Year

    Iowa's total receipts for the 2024 fiscal year were $266 million higher than the previous fiscal year, according to a memo from the state's Department of Management.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ala. Revenues Through June Up $162M From Last Year

    Alabama's total general revenue from October through June was $162 million higher than the same period last fiscal year, according to the state Department of Revenue.

  • July 09, 2024

    NJ Power Broker, Firm CEO Deny Racketeering Charges

    Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III, his prominent attorney brother and others on Tuesday denied that they schemed to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden by threatening to ruin the business reputations and finances of key stakeholders.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ark. Group Gets 100K Signatures For Medical Pot Expansion

    An Arkansas cannabis advocacy group has collected more than 100,000 signatures in favor of expanding the state's medical marijuana program, more than enough to get an initiative on the state's ballot this November, the state announced Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • Money, Money, Money: Limiting White Collar Wealth Evidence

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    As courts increasingly recognize that allowing unfettered evidence of wealth could prejudice a jury against a defendant, white collar defense counsel should consider several avenues for excluding visual evidence of a lavish lifestyle at trial, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

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    As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

  • Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

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    As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

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    When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • Credit Cards And Trading Cards: SALT In Review

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    From Mastercard's loss in a South Carolina court case to the taxability of trading cards imported to California, RSM's David Brunori offers his thoughts on noteworthy state and local tax news.

  • Calif. Budget Will Likely Have Unexpected Tax Consequences

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    A temporary suspension of net operating loss deductions and business incentive tax credits, likely to be approved on June 15 as part of California’s next budget, may create unanticipated tax liabilities for businesses that modeled recently completed transactions on current law, says Myra Sutanto Shen at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

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    Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Lean Into The 'Great Restoration' To Retain Legal Talent

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    As the “great resignation,” in which employees voluntarily left their jobs in droves, has largely dissipated, legal employers should now work toward the idea of a “great restoration,” adopting strategies to effectively hire, onboard and retain top legal talent, says Molly McGrath at Hiring & Empowering Solutions.

  • How Cannabis Rescheduling May Alter Paraphernalia Imports

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    The Biden administration's recent proposal to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana use raises questions about how U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforcement policies may shift when it comes to enforcing a separate federal ban on marijuana accessory imports, says R. Kevin Williams at Clark Hill.

  • Fishing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Atop the list of ways fishing makes me a better lawyer is the relief it offers from the chronic stress of a demanding caseload, but it has also improved my listening skills and patience, and has served as an exceptional setting for building earnest relationships, says Steven DeGeorge​​​​​​​ at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • A Healthier Legal Industry Starts With Emotional Intelligence

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    The legal profession has long been plagued by high rates of mental health issues, in part due to attorneys’ early training and broader societal stereotypes — but developing one’s emotional intelligence is one way to foster positive change, collectively and individually, says attorney Esperanza Franco.

  • To Make Your Legal Writing Clear, Emulate A Master Chef

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    To deliver clear and effective written advocacy, lawyers should follow the model of a fine dining chef — seasoning a foundation of pure facts with punchy descriptors, spicing it up with analogies, refining the recipe and trimming the fat — thus catering to a sophisticated audience of decision-makers, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Circuit Judge Writes An Opinion, AI Helps: What Now?

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    Last week's Eleventh Circuit opinion in Snell v. United Specialty Insurance, notable for a concurrence outlining the use of artificial intelligence to evaluate a term's common meaning, is hopefully the first step toward developing a coherent basis for the judiciary's generative AI use, says David Zaslowsky at Baker McKenzie.

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