Charitable Trusts. Legal news and articles for May 21 - 28, 2017

Departing From 'Sanctuary Cities,' Some Sheriffs Embrace Immigration Enforcement RoleDC Plans to Spend Its Biggest Budget in History. Will That Spending Actually Work?Small businesses overlooking tax sheltersNorthern Berkshire United Way Celebrates SuccessesFirst Nation artists honor ancestors at San Juan Island Museum of ArtWhat happens when states go hunting for Medicaid fraud | PBS ...Evening recognizes outstanding pro bono advocatesJapan Joins Agreement to Fight Illegal Fishing - EcoWatchGroups Sue FDA to Protect Food Safety | EWGAs fentanyl spreads, states step up responsesIRS Announces June 2017 Applicable Federal Rates and 7520 RatesHow Far Can Jeff Sessions Take His Crime War?The business bulwark behind California's climate progressLoophole and vague laws create ambiguity in lobbyist reportingCongressional Budget Office Says Dodd-Frank Rollback Would Slash $24 Billion From Deficit

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Donald Trumps Big Tax Reform Planthe Rich Get Richer, You Get Screwed
Daily BeastMay 1, 2017

The estate tax is a levy on the right to transfer large sums of money after you die. It applies only to those worth more than $5.4 million. That's fewer than 12,000 deaths per year. But the law is already so riddled with loopholes that it applied to ...more »

Rochester Fair's financial losses come into focus
Foster's Daily DemocratMay 2, 2017

Knowles said no law prohibits board members of a non-profit loaning their own funds to the organization. Vetter and Perry have both said the fair may not open this September or ... Terry Knowles, the assistant director of the AG's Charitable Trusts ...more »

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Departing From 'Sanctuary Cities,' Some Sheriffs Embrace Immigration Enforcement Role
Route FiftyMay 28, 2017

Democratic lawmakers in Texas threaten legal action after Republicans forced through a law that would see sheriffs jailed for failure to comply with federal immigration enforcement. Eric Gay / AP Photo ...more »

DC Plans to Spend Its Biggest Budget in History. Will That Spending Actually Work?
NBC4 Washington (blog)May 25, 2017

Magically, the budget will be both balanced, as required by law, but deep in the red. How's that? ... Kathy Patterson has been advocating the District adopt a system of oversight and monitoring recommended by The Pew Charitable Trusts. In its 2014 ...more »

Small businesses overlooking tax shelters
Business in VancouverMay 25, 2017

Typically used to minimize current tax liabilities, charitable remainder trusts can act as a donation and an investment. By putting securities in a charitable remainder trust, individuals can avoid having to pay capital gains tax on the stock while ...more »

Northern Berkshire United Way Celebrates Successes
iBerkshires.comMay 25, 2017

Representatives from two of those nonprofits, Pittsfield's Community Legal Aid and the Elizabeth Freeman Center for victims of domestic abuse, talked about how their agencies work together to help 2,900 survivors the Freeman Center serves each year ...more »

First Nation artists honor ancestors at San Juan Island Museum of Art
Journal of the San Juan IslandsMay 25, 2017

Sponsoring this exhibition are Dave & Nancy Honeywell Charitable Trust, Kim Miller, Susan and Gary Sterner, Peg Gerlock & Phil Johnson, Law Office of Stephanie Johnson O'Day, Mike's Wine Bar & Cafe, Printonyx, Harbor Rental, and an anonymous donor.more »

What happens when states go hunting for Medicaid fraud | PBS ...
PBS NewsHourMay 24, 2017

Faced with growing Medicaid enrollment and tight budgets, Republican lawmakers in several states are taking steps to ensure that people receiving welfare ...more »

Evening recognizes outstanding pro bono advocates
Sun SentinelMay 24, 2017

"We are very proud to be able to recognize such amazing attorneys, law firms and the William & Helen Thomas Charitable Trust Foundation for ensuring that all the vulnerable children, families, seniors and individuals in our community have access to our ...more »

Japan Joins Agreement to Fight Illegal Fishing - EcoWatch
EcoWatchMay 23, 2017

The Port State Measures Agreement helps governments strengthen port controls. Illegal fishing is estimated to account for up to $23.5 billion worth of seafood.more »

Groups Sue FDA to Protect Food Safety | EWG
Environmental Working GroupMay 22, 2017

Today, consumer, health, and food safety groups challenged a Food and Drug Administration rule that undermines the integrity of our food safety system.more »

As fentanyl spreads, states step up responses
Fayetteville ObserverMay 22, 2017

... Maryland, displays the number of opioid overdoses and deaths in 2017. As the deadly illicit opioid fentanyl spreads, state and local governments are accelerating their public health and law enforcement responses. [The Pew Charitable Trusts/TNS] ...more »

IRS Announces June 2017 Applicable Federal Rates and 7520 Rates
The National Law ReviewMay 22, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes a monthly update to the applicable federal rates (AFRs) and 7520 rates. Planning professionals and their clients should take note of fluctuations in these rates and be mindful of planning opportunities that ...more »

How Far Can Jeff Sessions Take His Crime War?
New RepublicMay 22, 2017

In April on Long Island, Sessions was in vintage “crime war” form, according to the prepared version of his remarks: “Groups of murderers, rapists, traffickers and thugs are carrying out a frontal assault on the decent, law-abiding men and women of ...more »

The business bulwark behind California's climate progress
GreenBizMay 22, 2017

The state emerged from the experience with job growth of 13.18 percent between the depths of its recession in February 2010 and this March, adding 1.8 million jobs, according to the Pew Charitable Trust. The California Air Resources Board calculated ...more »

Loophole and vague laws create ambiguity in lobbyist reporting
NMPolitics.netMay 22, 2017

The Pew Charitable Trust reported paying NextWave Advocacy more than $20,000 on Feb. 10 for “grassroots advocacy” to increase dental care for low-income and elderly residents. But the report wasn't filed until May 3, according to pages downloaded by ...more »

Congressional Budget Office Says Dodd-Frank Rollback Would Slash $24 Billion From Deficit
TheStreet.comMay 21, 2017

The nonpartisan budget agency released its estimates of the effects of the Financial CHOICE Act, a Dodd-Frank overhaul bill presented by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) this week. It projects the legislation would ...more »

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