Monthly Archives: March 2021

Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax: VMT Legislation

2021-03-30T14:53:48-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Gerd Altmann, andreas160578, & Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay  President Joe Biden’s forthcoming stimulus package is set to focus on efforts to rebuild U.S. roads, bridges, waterways, and dams over the next decade, as well as other critically underfunded parts of American’s infrastructure.  After many years, infrastructure investment [...]

Vehicle Miles Traveled Tax: VMT Legislation2021-03-30T14:53:48-04:00

Legislation to Ban Styrofoam Containers

2021-03-26T10:46:24-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Tim Mossholder from Pexels and OpenClipart-Vectors and Aislan Máximo "Max" from Pixabay  If you have ever ordered take-out from a restaurant or other food establishment, your food has likely come in a Styrofoam – or polystyrene – food service container.  However, many consumers are surprised to discover that such Styrofoam and other [...]

Legislation to Ban Styrofoam Containers2021-03-26T10:46:24-04:00

How Many People Are Fully Vaccinated In Your State: Our 50 State Guide

2021-03-24T17:10:50-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Gerhard G. & Arek Socha from Pixabay  According to the CDC, the United States has administered 128 million total vaccines.  Every state began developing their COVID-19 vaccine plans for distribution and administration in the fall of 2020, but where do the states stack up now in terms of vaccine [...]

How Many People Are Fully Vaccinated In Your State: Our 50 State Guide2021-03-24T17:10:50-04:00

COVID-19 Vaccination Paid Leave

2021-03-19T12:32:15-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image sources by PIRO4D and LoveBuiltLife from Pixabay  If you are going to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and are employed, does your employer allow COVID-19 vaccination paid leave?  This is a question that some state lawmakers are hoping to tackle by mandating public entities and/or businesses to grant a certain amount of [...]

COVID-19 Vaccination Paid Leave2021-03-19T12:32:15-04:00

What’s in the American Rescue Plan

2021-03-17T12:25:00-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Daniel Roberts, Patrick Pascal Schauß, & 1778011 from Pixabay On March 11, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (H.R. 1319). The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) represents the most significant direct-to-consumer stimulus legislation ever. ARP aligns with [...]

What’s in the American Rescue Plan2021-03-17T12:25:00-04:00

UAV Legislation: How Are States Regulating Drones?

2021-03-15T13:53:59-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image source by Thomas Ehrhardt from Pixabay  Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—more commonly known as drones—are precisely what their name suggests—crewless aerial vehicles that do not carry a human operator and instead are remotely piloted or fly autonomously.  UAVs are the main components of unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), including a UAV, a ground-based controller, [...]

UAV Legislation: How Are States Regulating Drones?2021-03-15T13:53:59-04:00

House Earmarks Return With New Guidelines

2021-03-09T13:12:45-05:00

Digital Collage by Ryan Stevens; photo sources by Tumisu & Francine Sreca from Pixabay  Earmarks are coming back for Congress’s next round of annual funding bills. However, for-profit companies will be excluded, and the money available will only be a small slice of appropriations. House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) announced her panel’s plan to solicit lawmakers’ requests for earmarks, [...]

House Earmarks Return With New Guidelines2021-03-09T13:12:45-05:00

State Legislation to Ban Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving

2021-03-05T15:05:25-05:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Mashiro Momo & Free-Photos from Pixabay  Lawmakers at the state, federal, and local government levels have acted or are looking to respond to distracted driving via distracted driving legislation.  While most states have already banned texting while driving, some lawmakers are now focusing on legislation to ban handheld cell [...]

State Legislation to Ban Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving2021-03-05T15:05:25-05:00

Legislation to Increase Teacher Pay

2021-03-03T07:30:00-05:00

Digital Image by Ryan Stevens; image source by Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay State lawmakers have acted in recent years and hope to act in 2021 to increase teacher pay.  Such efforts are a critical legislative focus as salaries have chronically lagged behind inflation and productivity. The COVID-19 pandemic also continues to impact education in all American school districts. [...]

Legislation to Increase Teacher Pay2021-03-03T07:30:00-05:00
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