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Association Health Plans – Boon or Bust?

August 14, 2018 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, A Leonine Business   In June, the Department of Labor, under a plan by the Trump Administration, announced the future adoption of final rules allowing for a major expansion of association health plans (AHPs) across the nation. Functionally, these plans will allow small businesses and self-employed individuals to band together and buy health […]

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States Get a Big Win in Sales Tax Case

June 22, 2018 | Tax Policy Analysis

By Scott Mackey, Managing Partner, Leonine Public Affairs LLP   Today the Supreme Court of the United States handed states a victory they had been seeking – with no success – for over 25 years.  The divided court ruled in South Dakota v. Wayfair that states can require retailers to collect the sales tax even […]

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Corporations Use their Clout to Shape Policy

June 20, 2018 | FOCUS

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   In May, the Seattle City Council unanimously agreed to pass a new ordinance known as a “head tax”, which would have imposed a $275 per-employee tax on businesses in the city that take in more than $20 million annually; the tax was primarily aimed at the corporate giants like […]

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Vermont Legislature – Special Session Week Four

June 18, 2018 | Uncategorized

MEAN SEASON Governor Phil Scott vetoed H.13, the second version of the FY2019 budget bill this week. The move was not surprising and results in the legislature and governor being no closer to resolving their disagreements than they were a week ago. With July 1st and the beginning of the new state fiscal year only […]

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Vermont Legislature – Special Session Week Three

June 11, 2018 | Government Affairs, Leonine

BEST OF TIMES  The Vermont legislature ended the third week of the 2018 special session without any indication a final adjournment is on the horizon. The standoff between Democratic leaders in the legislature and the Republican governor over the budget is more intense now than ever. Governor Phil Scott is vehement in his position that […]