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Veto Overrides: 2020 Successes & Failures

This summer, DMGS looked at gubernatorial vetoes.  To recap, in a state’s checks and balances system, governors maintain the power to veto legislation.  Each state has laws and rules outlining the veto process, which varies from state-to-state.  There are also numerous veto types, including line-item vetoes, amendatory vetoes, reduction vetoes, pocket vetoes, and full bill vetoes.  Governors across the country have vetoed numerous pieces of legislation on several topics, some more […]

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Louisiana Special Sessions

Refresh: What is a Special Session? Unlike a regular legislative session, legislatures hold special sessions to deal with specific issues or topics, limiting the session’s scope to these issues.  Each state has its own rules and laws for special session procedures, including how they are initiated.  In 14 states, only the Governor can call for a special session.  Meanwhile, either a state’s Governor or legislature can call a special session […]

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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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The 2020 CR: What’s Inside

H.R. 8337 would extend government funding through December 11, 2020, averting a government shutdown that would otherwise begin October 1.  The continuing resolution (CR) would generally extend fiscal 2020 funding levels while including some “anomalies” that would adjust the amount available to agencies or extend authorities.  The measure reflects an agreement between Democrats and Republicans over farm and food aid programs.  The measure would also extend surface transportation programs, the […]

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