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Forget Congress. With President Trump's Help, States Can Transform Medicaid on Their Own
As a candidate, President Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or “Obamacare”). Congressional Republicans had also been campaigning on the same promise for about six years. But the introduction of a House...
Audits: Not Just for Taxes
As April approaches, we think of taxes and hope to avoid audits, but tax audits aren't the only kind we dread. State ethics offices also undertake audits related to lobbying and the registration of lobbyists, and can be just as critical and time consuming as an IRS or...
Governors React to Obamacare Replacement
House Republicans finally revealed their health care plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), earlier this month to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or “Obamacare”). Unsurprisingly, AHCA has already come under intense scrutiny on Capitol...
Proposed Oregon Compliance Bill: Can There Be Too Much Reporting?
Depending on where they are filed, states can require lobbying reports to include varying amounts of detail. While some states merely require lobbyists to report the subject that they lobbied during the reporting period, others stipulate that they must list the specific...
Will Congress Block States from Implementing Auto-Enroll IRA Programs?

Five states have passed legislation to automatically enroll business employees in state-sponsored Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) if the businesses do not themselves offer retirement benefits, but Congress could derail these programs before they get off the ground. 

Five Tax Policy Takeaways from February
Coming into the legislative season, we thought that taxation of services would be a central issue before state legislatures this year, and we were right. Governors and legislators alike have called for expanding the tax base, either by eliminating existing exemptions,...
After Passage of Portland Ordinance, Handful of States Pursue Legislation Targeting CEO Compensation

Ryan Maness, Lauren Doroghazi, and Jay Wimberly contributed to research for this blog post. After a city ordinance targeting CEO compensation passed in Portland, Oregon, at the end of last December, we've seen 10 bills introduced in seven states that would impose...

States Take Differing Approaches to “Draining the Swamp”
With legislative sessions across the country in full swing, ethics and compliance issues seem to be at the front of everyone’s mind. Perhaps spurred in part by President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” rallying cry, citizens and public officials are exploring increased...
A Three-Map Overview of State Sales Tax Compliance for Remote Sellers
A few weeks ago, we wrote about the current state of play for sales and use tax compliance legislation in the states (frequently referred to as “nexus” legislation). Given that this is one of the most prevalent tax issues addressed by state legislatures this year, we...
Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State

Advocates for right-to-work laws have secured their second major victory of the year after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R) signed a right-to-work bill (MO SB 19) into law this morning. The legislation makes Missouri the 28th right-to-work state in the country. The...