Capitol Comments

The National Juvenile Justice Network, a coalition of juvenile justice advocates, has released a new report with recommendations for cost-effective strategies to improve juvenile justice systems in cash-strapped states.

This week, both the Washington Post and the New York Times have reported on the growing popularity of "spice," the generic term for a legal synthetic substitute for the active ingredient in marijuana.  Sold in many locations as packages of incense, the herbal mixture is coated with a chemical that causes some of the same effects of marijuana. 

After a year and half of hard work on the part of North Carolina Senator Jim Jacumin and many others, the Low-profit Limited Liability Corporation (L3C) legislation has passed the NC House of Representatives and has been presented to the Governor. The bill was part of the Endangered Manufacturing and Jobs Act.

CSG, along with NAST, NACO, NASACTNLC and USCM, has signed a letter calling for the Build America Bonds to be extended  Please read the letter below:



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The New York Senate has made the possibility of starting a Low-profit Limited Liability Corporation (L3C) in New York a little brighter. 

A Congressional Budget Office analysis reported that the climate change bill, the American Power Act, being sponsored by Sens. Kerry and Lieberman, would reduce the federal deficit by approximately $19 billion over the next ten years.  This squares with the EPA analysis which reported that the bill would have a modest impact on families.  However, it still seems unlikely that such a bill will pass this year.

The momentum on soda tax legislation has fizzled out.  Only Washington and Colorado were successful in passing soda tax legislation this year.   Efforts in Mississippi, New Mexico and New York were defeated by lobbying efforts by the beverage industry, according to Stateline.

At a press conference today, West Virginia Governor (and 2009 CSG President) Joe Manchin said that he would consider running for the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Robert Byrd if it is on the November ballot.  He has asked for an opinion from state Attorney General Darrell McGraw on whether the election can be held this year instead of 2012, when Byrd would have had to run again.

Just this month, some states have been trying to fill budget gaps during very tense budget decision making – but do some of their methods come at the expense of nonprofits?  The National Council of Nonprofits and the Association of Fundraising Professionals seem to think so.