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Animal Waste Emissions from Large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: EPA, under the guns of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and the EPA Office of Inspector General, Issues Interim Guidance to Farmers

November 14, 2017
Introduction Let me be Captain Obvious here. When the title is that long, the topic, including its context and history, is convoluted. Let’s start at the end, work our way toward the beginning, and come full circle. On October 26, 2017, the U.S.…

Public Construction Contracts - Changes


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Authored by Dean R. Dietrich, October 5, 2017
The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a new bill that would significantly change requirements for competitive bidding of public construction contracts by local government units and school districts.  Currently, school districts are not required to…

Breaking News-House Passes Comp Time Bill!


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Authored by Sara J. Ackermann, May 23, 2017
Some Frequently Asked Questions for the Curious... The House passed a bill named the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 earlier this month that, if signed into law, would dramatically change private sector compensation in the United States. …

EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) Final Rule Delayed


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, April 6, 2017
EPA’s new Risk Management Plan (“RMP”) Final Rule was to take effect on March 14, 2017.  EPA has delayed the effective date until June 19, 2017, and has proposed a further delay until February 19, 2019, in light of industry petitions for reconsideration…

U.S. Supreme Court Denies the Trump Administration’s Request to Suspend the Pending Litigation in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals over the Clean Water Rule


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, April 4, 2017
On April 3, 2017, the United States Supreme Court denied a request from the Trump Administration to place a hold on the pending litigation in which the EPA’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Clean Water Rule is being challenged.  The basis for the…

Do You Have The Power?


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Authored by Aric D. Burch, April 3, 2017
When you hear the words “estate planning,” what do you think? The most common answers I hear mention “wills” or “trusts.” Although estate planning includes those documents, which carry out your plan after death, it also includes documents to help carry…

Justice Scalia’s Definition of “Waters of the United States” to Become the Law of the Land?


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Authored by Russell W. Wilson, March 9, 2017
On February 28, 2017, Donald Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Restoring the Rule of Law, Federalism, and Economic Growth by Reviewing the ‘Waters of the United States’ Rule.”  This executive order requires the Administrator of the EPA,…

Ambulatory Surgery Center Physician Exclusions - Reducing Risk of Forced Redemption of ASC Investment Interests


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Authored by John H. Fisher, II, March 3, 2017
Many surgery centers are eventually faced with decisions about how to treat investing physicians who do not perform as many procedures in the surgery center as others. Under performing physicians can create political issues in ASCs because investors who…

2017 Standard Mileage Rates


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Authored by Mary Ellen Schill, December 13, 2016
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the optional standard mileage rates for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, medical, and moving expenses for 2017, and the reduced rates reflect the continued decrease in…

Taxes Under a Trump Administration


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Authored by Mark J. Bradley, November 10, 2016
Donald Trump won more than 270 votes in the Electoral College and thus on January 20, 2017 he is going to become the 45th president of the United States.  In anticipation of that event, congressional tax writers and proponents for tax overhaul are…