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Justices asked to strengthen the right to earn a living

Petitions of the week By Kalvis Golde on Jul 29, 2022 at 9:11 pm The Petitions of the Week column highlights a selection of cert petitions recently filed in the Supreme Court. A list of all petitions we’re watching is available here. Under longstanding constitutional law, most laws survive constitutional challenges so long as the […]

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3 Observations on the CBO Long-Term Budget Outlook

As the reality of a second quarter of negative economic growth settles in Washington, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its own sobering report on the government’s long-term finances. The CBO long-term budget outlook report shows widening deficits over the next three decades as both federal spending and tax revenues are expected to rise above […]

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Indiana Should Use Surplus to Expedite Rate Cuts, Index Exemptions for Inflation

With the Indiana General Assembly gaveled in this week for a special session called by Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), one of the issues is how to allocate portions of the $6.1 billion budget surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30. The House, Senate, and governor agree that some of the extra revenue should […]

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The morning read for Friday, July 29

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Jul 29, 2022 at 10:40 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: […]

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With no recorded dissents, justices allow execution of Alabama man to proceed

CAPITAL CASE By Amy Howe on Jul 28, 2022 at 7:24 pm The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to postpone the execution of Joe Nathan James, who was scheduled to die in an Alabama prison at 7 p.m. EDT. James was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Faith Hall, his former girlfriend. Hall’s […]

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Lengthier opinions and shrinking cohesion: Indications for the future of the Supreme Court

STATISTICS By Jake S. Truscott and Adam Feldman on Jul 28, 2022 at 4:26 pm When the Supreme Court ended the constitutional right to abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the justices collectively wrote more than 200 pages of opinions. Justice Samuel Alito’s 35,631-word majority opinion spanned 108 pages (including appendices). The joint […]

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The morning read for Thursday, July 28

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Jul 28, 2022 at 10:12 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: […]

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Health-care Premiums Could Deter Canadians’ Upward Mobility

Imagine a worker who gets a raise and ends up paying in tax more than 50 percent of that raise. This is the case for a Canadian worker who earns CAD 48,124. With an increase in pay of CAD 822, he would face a 59 percent marginal tax rate. This Canadian worker will end up […]

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Taxes and the Tory Leadership Election

The Conservative Party in the United Kingdom is in the process of determining its new leader as Prime Minister Boris Johnson exits the stage. The new Conservative Party leader will be the next UK Prime Minister. The process has narrowed the field to two candidates: former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz […]

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New Jersey’s Proposed Menthol Ban Is All Pain and No Gain

New Jersey’s proposed ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes (Assembly Bill 1989) would reduce excise and sales tax collections by as much as $243 million per year. And with the significant revenue loss, smoking rates are unlikely to decline. New Jersey lawmakers should look to the recent Massachusetts experiment to see what to expect […]