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Four Issues with Proposal to Increase Tobacco and Vapor Taxes in Maine

During the legislature’s special session in Maine, Rep. Joyce McCreight (D) has introduced a bill, H.P. 1039, which would double the excise tax on cigarettes to $4.00 a pack. By virtue of Maine law, all other tobacco products would also be subject to a 100 percent rate increase. This proposal has at least four major […]

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The morning read for Tuesday, April 13

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Apr 13, 2021 at 7:30 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 Tuesday morning read: Posted in Round-up Recommended Citation: James […]

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IMF Tax Proposals: Shrink Inequality or Sink Post-Pandemic Recovery?

Countries face twin economic challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic: maintain fiscal support to businesses that have been affected by the pandemic and prepare for an uneven and uncertain economic recovery, and work towards budgetary stability and reduce the risks associated with growing public debt. However, moving too fast towards budgetary stability either through tax hikes […]

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The morning read for Monday, April 12

WHAT WE’RE READING By James Romoser on Apr 12, 2021 at 7:30 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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Divided court blocks California’s COVID-related restrictions on in-home religious gatherings

EMERGENCY DOCKET By Amy Howe on Apr 10, 2021 at 1:30 am A divided Supreme Court on Friday night granted a request by a California pastor to put COVID-related restrictions on in-home Bible study and prayer meetings on hold. The ruling, issued just before midnight, was the most recent in a series of challenges, dating […]

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Biden to create bipartisan commission on Supreme Court reform

SCOTUS News By Amy Howe on Apr 9, 2021 at 1:27 pm President Joe Biden announced the members of a commission to study Supreme Court reform (lev radin via Shutterstock) President Joe Biden will issue an executive order to create a commission to study potential reforms to the Supreme Court, the White House announced on […]

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Two cases alleging disability-based discrimination

Petitions of the week By Andrew Hamm on Apr 9, 2021 at 1:01 pm This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, the viability of certain types of disability-based claims under three federal statutes. One petition involves the Americans with Disabilities Act. Another involves the interaction of […]

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Biden Approach to Taxing Corporate Income Raises Complexity for Businesses

America is known for its exceptionalism, but when it comes to corporate tax policy, the Biden administration is embarking on an uncharted course that will set the U.S. apart from global tax policy norms and best practices. The proposed changes to our corporate tax rules could make the U.S. a less attractive place to do […]

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Leveling Up: The UK’s Super-Deduction and its Regional Divide

The UK government has made “leveling up”—a push to boost economic performance in less thriving regions of the UK—one of its top policy priorities. The recent introduction of a UK super-deduction for capital investments in plant and equipment will likely contribute to this goal. Higher capital allowances for plant and equipment disproportionally help capital-intensive industries […]

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Portland Small Business Owners Facing Weirdly High New Taxes—and It Could Get Worse

Newly implemented county and regional taxes yield state and local top marginal tax rates in excess of 26 percent for many Portland small businesses, and if all of President Biden’s tax proposals were adopted, those owners could face all-in marginal rates of more than 80 percent, far and away the highest in the country going […]