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February 24, 2015

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $160,000. The value of one gift bag at the Oscars on Sunday night. According to the Internal Revenue Service, contents of the gift bags cannot be treated as gifts for federal income tax purposes because the merchandise is not given “solely out of affection, respect, or similar impulses for the recipients of the gift bags.” Celebs are thus expected to report the $160,000 amount on their federal returns as taxable income. Check out the list of goodies here.

February 23, 2015

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Upcoming Hearing: HHS Sec. Burwell Appearing Before E&C Committee on FY2016 Budget... CMS Issues 2016 Payment and Policy Updates for Medicare Health and Drug Plans... CMS Releases Improved Rating System for Nursing Home Compare

February 20, 2015

Donatelli: Five Days that Revived America

Frank J. Donatelli, vice president and director of federal government affairs at McGuireWoods Consulting, authored an article featured in today’s Washington Times.  Donatelli, former assistant to President Reagan for political and intergovernmental affairs, compares today’s political climate to the winter of 1980 when Reagan first captured Americans’ hearts and minds and set his trajectory to the White House. He highlights how “two tracks, one sports-related and one political, combined to give America a renewed sense of confidence that would usher in the dynamic decade of the 1980s.”

February 20, 2015

Georgia General Assembly Week In Review

This week's update feature news on recent polling and legislative progress on state transportation funding, MARTA receieving a grant from the federal government, and the Governor's plan to take over failing schools.
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