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State Policy Update Aug 11th

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USDA and Illinois: On August 7, the Department of Agriculture told the Illinois Department of Human Services that Cook County's newly implemented soda tax defies a federal statute that bars state or local sales taxes from being collected on items purchased with SNAP benefits.
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Federal Policy Update Aug 11th

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Senator Hatch Speaks of Bipartisan Efforts to Achieve Tax Reform Through Regular Order: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch reiterated in an interview with Reuters and released a statement last week about “the importance of working through each of the tax-writing committees – in a bipartisan way” to craft tax reform legislation.
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State Policy Update - July 28

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A campaign on the health impacts from the consumption of sugary drinks has led to about a dozen areas around the nation instituting soft-drink taxes. USA Today reports on the various areas that have implemented these taxes, the debate, and the challenges surrounding the tax.
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Federal Policy Update - July 28

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The “Big 6” leading negotiations on federal tax reform released a statement on tax reform this week. They have been meeting weekly to discuss their priorities and establish a unified framework, which was originally expected to be released in September so the House and Senate tax writing committee can add meat to the bones in the fall. This release will provide Republicans with a message on tax reform to take back to their constituents over the August recess.
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In his role as partner in Michael Best Strategies’ Washington, D.C. office, Tom utilizes his expertise in legislative and executive processes to advance client interests through development and implementation of political, legislative, and public affairs strategies.
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Federal Policy Update - July 14

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On July 13, the Senate Republican leadership released its revised version of its Better Care Reconciliation Act to replace the Affordable Care Act after at least 10 Senators opposed an earlier version of the bill released in late June.
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