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With Democrats in control, Supreme Court reform proposals reclaim center stage

Event By Kalvis Golde on Jan 26, 2021 at 1:33 pm Senate control has some Democrats calling for reform (Kalvis Golde) In the immediate aftermath of the nomination of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court last October, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden promised, if elected, to create a bipartisan commission to study court reform […]

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Latest CBO Report on Incomes and Taxes Shows that the Federal Fiscal System is Very Progressive

Key Findings Joe Biden has proposed an ambitious agenda that would make the federal fiscal system more progressive, and the huge budget deficits caused by the numerous COVID-19 relief packages could heighten the call for more tax revenues. What is needed are benchmark facts to guide these debates. A recent study by the Congressional Budget […]

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Roberts will not preside over impeachment trial

SCOTUS NEWS By Amy Howe on Jan 25, 2021 at 7:15 pm When the Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump begins next month, one familiar face from Trump’s first impeachment won’t be there: Chief Justice John Roberts. Instead, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who serves as the president pro tempore of the Senate, will […]

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Who Benefits from the State and Local Tax Deduction?

As President Joe Biden and policymakers in Congress consider changes in tax policy over the coming year, the fate of the $10,000 state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap will be an ongoing part of the policy debate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has expressed interest in repealing the SALT cap, which was originally […]

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Beyond blogging: The new and improved SCOTUSblog

By Katie Bart and Kalvis Golde on Jan 24, 2021 at 3:19 pm Notice anything? Welcome to SCOTUSblog’s new website – our biggest technological revamp in more than a decade. We’ve redesigned our homepage to showcase our most important work. We’ve upgraded our fonts and layout to make everything easier to read. We’ve tweaked our […]

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Petitions of the week: Two cases on the state-secrets privilege

Posted Fri, January 22nd, 2021 1:36 pm by Andrew Hamm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, the federal government’s state-secrets privilege to protect classified information from disclosure. In United States v. Zubaydah, respondent Zayn Husayn, also known as Abu Zubaydah, is a former associate of […]

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Event announcement: Is there a path forward for court reform?

Kalvis Golde Manager Posted Fri, January 22nd, 2021 12:45 pm Posted Fri, January 22nd, 2021 12:45 pm by Kalvis Golde On Monday, Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. EST, the Brookings Institution will host a discussion about the future of Supreme Court reform proposals, now that Democrats have taken narrow control of the Senate and President […]

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Using Carbon Tax Revenue to Grow the Economy

The Biden administration has made climate change one of the core challenges it plans to address over the next four years. One climate policy lawmakers have debated—and will likely continue to do—is a carbon tax. At the same time, the new Administration will have to tackle the severe, and likely continuing, economic fallout of the […]

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5 Observations on Janet Yellen’s Recent Confirmation Testimony

In her recent confirmation hearing, economist Janet Yellen, President Biden’s choice for Treasury Secretary, sought to reassure markets that the new administration would not raise corporate taxes until the economy improves. At the same time, however, she sent a troubling signal that when they do push for higher corporate tax rates, they would do so […]

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New York Governor Proposes THC-based Tax on Recreational Marijuana

In his fiscal year 2022 budget proposal unveiled this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo includes an excise tax on what could be legalized recreational marijuana. New York is looking to join neighboring New Jersey, where voters approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana last November. Gov. Cuomo expects the tax revenue to eventually […]