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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Weekly Health Policy Update: Exchange Funding, Co-Ops, and HIT

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie Each week, our Health Policy team recaps recent health care developments in two reports, Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up and Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up. Click here for our weekly look at regulatory developments affecting health care at the federal and state level. In this week’s edition, we focus… Continue Reading

Governors Update: Judging Performance

Posted in Governors

By Rollin Downs In 2010, 37 states had gubernatorial elections with 26 of those resulting in newly elected governorships. Governing Magazine, which provides intelligence and analysis on management, policy, and politics to help guide and inspire innovative leaders across state and local government, recently published four installments focused on the 26 newly elected governors. They… Continue Reading

EU Releases New Data Protection Regulations: Who Will it Affect?

Posted in Cybersecurity, Data Privacy

By Dan Caprio The European Commission recently published a proposal for the Data Protection Reform Package, including proposals for the new Data Protection Regulation and Police and Criminal Justice Data Protection Directive. In addition to leading to a uniform and coherent data protection law applicable in all EU Member States, the new regulation will also introduce… Continue Reading

Weekly Health Policy Update: FY13 Budget, SGR Formula, and ACA-compliant Exchanges

Posted in Health Policy

By Cindy Gillespie Each week, our Health Policy team recaps the most recent health care developments in two reports, Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up and Health Insurance Exchanges: State of the States. Weekly Health Care Wrap-Up. Click here for our weekly look at regulatory developments affecting health care at the federal and state level. In this week’s edition,… Continue Reading

Will LNG Exports be the Next Divisive Energy Issue?

Posted in Energy Policy, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw In 2005, Congress passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a piece of legislation intended to streamline the process from approving applications for LNG import terminals. The legislation provided the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) with exclusive authority to approve the construction, expansion, or operation of an LNG terminal. At the time,… Continue Reading

FY 2012 Requests for TIFIA Loans Outpace Amount Available 12-to-1

Posted in Budget, Transportation

By Mike Wojnar The TIFIA Joint Program Office at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced that 26 potential applicants have submitted letters of interest requesting more than $13 billion in TIFIA loans for Fiscal Year 2012. With around $120 million available for TIFIA subsidies, USDOT can theoretically support about $1 billion in TIFIA loans. While this… Continue Reading

The Stock Act: Congress Acts Against ‘Insider Political Trading’…on Capitol Hill

Posted in Government Ethics, Political Law

By Stefan Passantino Proponents of ethics reform and increased political transparency in Washington don’t often see reform proposals pass through Congress by overwhelming margins, and rarely does anyone bemoan an excess of “political intelligence” in Washington. But with Congressional passage of the so-called ‘STOCK Act’ last week, that is exactly what happened. The impetus to act… Continue Reading

New Revenues Make Up Half of Obama Budget Savings

Posted in Budget, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Although key details have yet to emerge on corporate tax proposals, the President’s just-released budget calls for half of its $3 trillion in cuts over ten years to come from revenues. Nearly two-thirds of this $1.5 trillion would come as a result of permitting the Bush-era (2001 and 2003) tax cuts for families… Continue Reading

Congress Sends FAA Authorization to President

Posted in Legislation (Federal), Transportation

By Michael Wojnar 1,590 Days and 23 Extensions… No, it’s not a song title from a hit Broadway show; rather, it’s the length of time and effort it took lawmakers on Capitol Hill to complete their work on a long-term extension of the nation’s aviation programs. The House passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conference report last… Continue Reading

Gifts to Government Officials: If in Doubt, Seek an Advisory Opinion

Posted in Government Ethics

By David Fine The Colorado Constitution contains a strict ban on gifts to government officials. A matter recently decided by the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission (IEC) illustrates why government officials in Colorado should seek an advisory opinion from the Commission before engaging in conduct that might violate the state’s constitutional provisions regulating interactions between government… Continue Reading

President Obama Unveils New Small Business “Start-up” Proposals

Posted in Budget, Legislation (Federal), Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley The Administration unveiled new proposals yesterday aimed at encouraging small business “start-ups” that build upon earlier-passed temporary tax breaks. The proposals are an effort to reach out to the part of the business sector which is responsible for “most new jobs” in the economy, according to a White House press release. The… Continue Reading