A bill in the Virginia House that would have conformed the state tax code to new federal tax law failed to receive enough votes for passage Monday. The emergency legislation, which needed 80 votes, fell far short, receiving only 63.
Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s plan to allow a de facto $1.2 billion tax increase on the middle class is “dead on arrival” in the House of Delegates, House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, said.
The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is changing its race and gender quota policies that former Attorney General Bill Schuette determined were illegal before leaving office.
A Michigan-based group is suing a machinist and aerospace union on behalf of employees who say they shouldn’t have to pay fees to a union they don’t want to join. The case was filed in federal district court in New Jersey.
Ohio finished its ninth consecutive record-breaking year in business filings in 2018. The state oversaw more than 125,000 new business filings, which is a 55 percent increase from 2010.
Virginia’s first session of 2019 starts on Wednesday, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are mapping out what some of their priorities will be in the coming year. Republicans currently hold slim majorities in the Senate and the House of Delegates and Democrats have the governor’s seat.
Ohio lawmakers overturned two vetoes from Republican Gov. John Kasich on guns and public official pay raises. The legislature failed to overturn a veto on a bill that would create stricter abortion laws.
A Virginia study concluded that the commonwealth’s tax incentives – whether they be tax credits or tax exemptions – do not provide much return as an economic investments. The study, conducted by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, found that grants were more effective between Fiscal 2010 and Fiscal 2017.
A $54 million Ohio spending bill will include $15 million in taxpayer money earmarked to subsidize a soccer stadium near downtown Columbus for the city’s Major League Soccer team, the Columbus Crew. The stadium is a $230 million project and is also being subsidized by Franklin County and the City of Columbus to the tune of $50 million each.
Ohio lawmakers are increasing their salaries from $60,584 to $73,167 annually by 2028. Members of leadership—who already receive additional money—will see an even higher increase.