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The morning read for Monday, Jan. 31

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Jan 31, 2022 at 9:55 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 Monday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: James […]

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Court sets quiet March argument calendar

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 28, 2022 at 5:10 pm The Supreme Court ended a week of momentous news on a much more low-key note, releasing on Friday afternoon the argument calendar for the justices’ March arguments. The court will hear eight hours of oral arguments over six days, on topics ranging from […]

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Always an optimist, always a teacher

TRIBUTE TO JUSTICE BREYER By Aileen McGrath on Jan 28, 2022 at 3:52 pm Justice Breyer announces an opinion from the bench in 2018. (Art Lien) This article is part of a series of tributes on the career of Justice Stephen Breyer. Aileen McGrath is senior counsel in the Supreme Court and appellate practice at Akin Gump […]

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The many Stephen Breyers

TRIBUTE TO JUSTICE BREYER By Deanne Maynard on Jan 28, 2022 at 3:41 pm Justice Breyer announces an opinion from the bench in 2018. (Art Lien) This article is part of a series of tributes on the career of Justice Stephen Breyer. Deanne E. Maynard is co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s appellate and Supreme Court practice and […]

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U.S. Tax Incentives Could be Caught in the Global Minimum Tax Crossfire

The Build Back Better legislative package includes both tax hikes and tax cuts, which contain two contrasting tax policy narratives. Tax hikes include corporate tax increases on foreign income and a new 15 percent domestic minimum tax, and green energy tax incentives provide a tax cut. Policymakers also sought to protect some pre-existing tax incentives from […]

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States Should Act Fast on UC Trust Fund Deposits, and Other Takeaways from the New Treasury Guidance on ARPA Funding

The Department of the Treasury has finalized its rule governing State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF), the $350 billion state and local governments received under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). State policymakers should have three key takeaways: If states want to use the funds to replenish their unemployment compensation (UC) trust funds—and they […]

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At Thursday’s White House announcement, echoes of a ceremony 28 years prior

BREYER RETIREMENT By Mark Walsh on Jan 27, 2022 at 7:35 pm President Bill Clinton delivers remarks on the retirement of Justice Harry Blackmun in 1994. (C-SPAN) The justice, in his 80s, had served on the Supreme Court for well over two decades, becoming a liberal stalwart on such issues as abortion rights, affirmative action, […]

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Justices decline to halt two executions in Oklahoma amid questions about state’s lethal-injection method

CAPITAL CASE By Ellena Erskine on Jan 26, 2022 at 7:54 pm On Wednesday afternoon, in the shadow of reports of Justice Stephen Breyer’s forthcoming retirement announcement, the Supreme Court denied an application to postpone the executions of two Oklahoma men. The brief order, with no recorded dissents, cleared the way for Oklahoma to execute […]

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Tennessee Should Build on Success and Improve Corporate Taxes

Tennessee made important strides in improving its tax structure when it completed phaseout of the Hall Tax—the state’s income tax, which was levied only on interest and dividends income. This change was many years in the works, making Tennessee the eighth state without an individual income tax. But while Tennessee now boasts no individual income […]

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Testimony: Kansas Sales Tax Reform

Note: The following is Tax Foundation testimony on Kansas House Bills 2484 and 2487 (Neutral), submitted to the Kansas House Committee on Taxation on January 25, 2022. Chairman Smith and Members of the Committee: My name is Katherine Loughead, and I am a Senior Policy Analyst at the Tax Foundation. I appreciate the opportunity to speak […]