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States Considering a Millionaires’ Tax

by: Ryan J. Stevens and John C. Zang New Jersey recently joined California, New York, and Washington, D.C., in implementing “millionaires’ taxes.”  “Millionaires’ Tax” is a general term used to describe tax provisions specifically designed to collect revenue from households earning greater than $1,000,000 in taxable income each year.  Proponents view increased marginal tax rates upon the highest income levels as a critical way to fund essential services, such as […]

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NJ Enacts Environmental Justice Legislation Placing New Requirements on Facilities Operating in Overburdened Communities

By Martin Milita, Esq. On September 18, 2020 Gov. Phil Murphy signed landmark environmental justice legislation premised on the notion that certain communities are “overburdened” because they have historically been impacted, more than other communities within a geographic area, by operations that tend to generate pollution. These “Overburdened Communities” as defined in the new law, share at least one of the following characteristics: minimally, 35% of all households are low-income […]

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Criminal Justice Reform: A Look at Clean Slate and Second Chance Legislation

In 2018, Pennsylvania became the first state to enact a “Clean Slate” law to seal certain criminal records automatically.  Act 56, formerly House Bill 1419, provides individuals with low-level, non-violent criminal records with a mechanism to have their record(s) sealed from public view. Why enact Clean Slate and make a criminal record sealing process automatic?  The goal of Clean Slate in Pennsylvania was to reduce the stigma people with criminal […]

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Voters in 5 States Will Vote on Marijuana Legalization This November

Last week, DMGS looked at different ballot measures across the country, including two states with marijuana-related measures.  With more states looking at legalizing adult-use recreational marijuana or medical marijuana, some are doing so via legislation enacted by lawmakers, and others via ballot measures.  Thirty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, and 11 have legalized recreational adult-use marijuana.  At the federal level, the U.S. House of Representatives had also planned to vote […]

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