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This week, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, commonly referred to as the Farm Bill. The bill would extend U.S. agriculture programs for five years, and in a Congress marked by short-term extensions, this is nothing short of miraculous. The path to passage does not come without some speed bumps, though.

With Congress considering bipartisan legislation to allow states to enforce online sales tax collection, state leaders participating in The Council of State Governments’ National Leadership Conference in La Quinta, Calif., discussed this critical issue May 19.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 15, considered H.R. 1864, known as the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act. The bill would limit a state’s ability to tax the income of nonresidents if they work in the state for 30 days or less.

 

By JC Hendrickson

The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, May 15, considered H.R. 1864, known as the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act. The bill would limit a state’s ability to tax the income of nonresidents if they work in the state for 30 days or less.

On Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued a decision in United States v. Pleau, siding with the federal government. Considering the case’s broad implications on the federal-state relationship, The Council of State Governments had partnered with the National Governors Association in signing onto an amicus curiae brief opposing the federal government’s position.

The issue in the case is whether the federal government can compel state compliance when requesting a prisoner custody...

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