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Lawmakers’ Tax Rate to Help Pay for Reconciliation is 1,900 Percent

As lawmakers look for ways to pay for trillions in new spending, they are considering changes to prescription drug pricing under Medicare Part D. As explained here, H.R. 3, the Elijah Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, would use the leverage of steep excise tax penalties to make drug manufacturers lower their prices, generating about […]

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The morning read for Tuesday, Aug. 31

NEW: Individuals defending Texas’ abortion law have just filed their response brief at SCOTUS urging the court not to intervene. The law, which bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, will take effect at midnight central time absent a court order.https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/21/21A24/190028/20210831163202281_21A24%20Opposition%20and%20SA.pdf Source

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Analysis of Federal Proposal to Increase Tobacco and Nicotine Products Taxes

Key Findings: The Tobacco Tax Equity Act would double taxes on cigarettes and equalize rates on all other tobacco and nicotine products to match the new higher cigarette rate. The increase would result in substantial increases on chewing tobacco (2,034 percent), pipe tobacco (1,651 percent), and snuff (over 1,677 percent). Vapor products, which are not […]

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Abortion providers ask court to block Texas ban on abortions beginning at six weeks of pregnancy

Emergency docket By Amy Howe on Aug 30, 2021 at 5:09 pm A pro-choice activist holds a sign in front of the Supreme Court in 2016. (Rena Schild via Shutterstock) A Texas law that bans abortions anytime a fetal heartbeat is detected will “immediately and catastrophically reduce abortion access in Texas” if it is allowed […]

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The DASH Act Isn’t the Best Way to Solve the Housing Crisis

To tackle problems of homelessness and housing costs, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has released a major tax proposal, the Decent Affordable Safe Housing (DASH) For All Act. Several of Wyden’s proposals are also components of the Biden administration’s infrastructure agenda, with a large focus on tax credits designed to either incentivize new housing or directly […]

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Billboard taxes, the mailbox rule and expungement jurisdiction

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm on Aug 27, 2021 at 9:12 pm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, how the First Amendment constrains taxes on billboard owners, whether the “mailbox rule” applies to prisoners represented by counsel, and the scope of district courts’ […]

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The morning read for Friday, Aug. 27

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Aug 27, 2021 at 10:00 am Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com. Here’s the Friday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: James […]

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5 Things to Consider in the Tax Gap Discussion

Increasing tax compliance is a major part of the Biden administration proposal to raise revenue for physical and social infrastructure. Reducing the tax gap—the difference between taxes owed and taxes paid—is a good way to raise revenue, but it doesn’t come without trade-offs, and it’s important to go about it in the right way. Point […]

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Court lifts federal ban on evictions

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Aug 26, 2021 at 11:01 pm Just under two months after a divided court allowed an earlier moratorium to remain in place, the Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked the Biden administration from enforcing the latest federal moratorium on evictions, imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The justices divided […]

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The morning read for Thursday, Aug. 26

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Aug 26, 2021 at 9:31 am Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com. Here’s the Thursday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: James […]