California Institute for Federal Policy Research: California Capitol Hill Bulletin, May 16

California Capitol Hill Bulletin Volume 20, Bulletin 14 – May 16, 2013[online/pdf] To expand communications between Washington and California, the California Institute provides periodic bulletins regarding current activity on Capitol Hill that affects our state.  Bulletins are published weekly during sessions of Congress, and occasionally during other periods.  To subscribe to the Bulletin or other […]

Economic and Community Development Options Paper – Tax Reform Options for Discussion

  Thanks to Eric Sapirstein and ENS Resources of Washington DC for sending this information along: “Among this listing is the elimination or curtailment of tax exempt financing at the state and local level of government.  This, if actually enacted, would seriously impact port development among other public infrastructure needs.”   ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENTSenate […]

Key Vote Alert – S. 601, the “Water Resources Development Act of 2013”

Key Vote Alert – S. 601, the “Water Resources Development Act of 2013” Release Date:  Tuesday, May 14, 2013 TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million members and organizations of every size, sector, and region, as well as […]

California Institute for Federal Policy Research- CA Capitol Hill Bulletin, May 9, 2013

California Institute for Federal Policy Research home ~ articles ~ bulletins ~ publications ~ events ~ video/audio ~ formulas ~ delegation ~ twitter ~ contact ~ search ~ about ~ supporters   California Capitol Hill Bulletin Volume 20, Bulletin 13 – May 9, 2013[online/pdf] CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE: Taxes: Senate Approves Internet Sales Tax Bill […]

From Politico: PORTS Caucus Wants Economic Answers on Harbor Spending

The co-chairs of the Congressional Ports Caucus are asking the Army Corps of Engineers how many job could be created by increasing federal port spending and how long it will take to deepen U.S. ports to their desired depths. In a letter to Jo-Ellen Darcy, the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works, Reps. […]

Message From the CEQA Working Group

Another Example of CEQA Misuse:  Parkmerced Green & Affordable Housing Community,  San Francisco   _________________________________________________________________________     Today we’ve released the eleventh case study in our weekly series profiling examples of misuses of CEQA: Parkmerced affordable housing in San Francisco. Parkmerced is the largest ever investment in affordable housing in San Francisco’s west side. This […]

CASA Legislative Call to Action: Support HR 836

    May 8, 2013 CASA Website   Current News State Legislation       Legislative Call to Action – Support H.R. 836 (Miller) Congressman Gary Miller (CA-31) has reintroduced legislation the Sunshine on Conflicts Act (H.R. 836) that addresses the continuing inequities created by the current Clean Water Act regulatory regime that prevents nomination […]

Manager’s Amendment to 2013 WRDA Bill Released

Summary of Manager’s Amendment Changes Amended Bill S. 601

News from the CEQA Working Group

     CEQA Reform Effort Moves Forward as SB 731 Passes Out of Committee    _________________________________________________________________________   Today SB 731, Senator Steinberg’s CEQA reform bill, passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. We are encouraged by this progress, and recognize that SB 731 is a good starting point, but that we have a long negotiation process […]

Perkins Coie Update

D.C. Appeals Court Says EPA May Revoke Fill Permit After It Has Been Issued In addressing an important legal issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “veto” authority under Section 404(c) of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) allowed it to […]