DC Considering PILOTS for City Nonprofits

Two separate reports recently have again placed nonprofits in the position as revenue raisers for local government. DC Council member Mary Cheh last week sent a letter to the entire council advocating for a PILOT (payments in lieu of taxes) from city universities.  Her letter states that by charging every city university a $100 fee… Read more »

Administration to Offer Differing Online Privacy Guidelines

Andreas (L) and Laetitia, local inhabitants, pose with a laptop during a Google Street View startup event in Oberstaufen, November 2, 2010. The first panoramic images of German locations became available on Tuesday in Google Street View online service.  REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: SOCIETY)

According to a New York Times article Wednesday, the federal government could soon be issuing two sets of Internet privacy guidelines from two different agencies, both of which have different means of addressing online privacy issues. The Department of Commerce has said that it will soon issue a paper arguing for a private/public partnership on… Read more »

Energy & Commerce Committee to Debate Privacy Bills in 112th Congress

US Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) listens to testimony during a hearing on Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH)

The impact of the 2010 election on policy will continue to be determined over the next few weeks, but the impact on Internet privacy legislation is already being felt.  Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), the author of Internet privacy legislation and current chair of the relevant subcommittee, was defeated in his reelection.  In addition, with the… Read more »

Energy & Commerce Committee to Debate Privacy Bills in 112th Congress

US Representative Joe Barton (R-TX) listens to testimony during a hearing on Developments in Synthetic Genomics and Implications for Health and Energy by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH)

The impact of the 2010 election on policy will continue to be determined over the next few weeks, but the impact on Internet privacy legislation is already being felt.  Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA), the author of Internet privacy legislation and current chair of the relevant subcommittee, was defeated in his reelection.  In addition, with the… Read more »

Extending Tax Cuts Could Cost More than $5 Trillion

DES PLAINES, IL - MARCH 23: The top of a form 1040 individual income tax return for 2005 is seen atop a stack on the same at the Des Plaines Public Library March 23, 2006 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Americans are preparing for the income tax filing deadline next month whether using tax software, filing on the paper forms or using a tax preparer.  (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

A Congressional Research Service (CRS) report released October 27 said that if Congress were to permanently extend the expiring 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, it would cost more than $5 trillion over ten years, according to a story from the Bureau of National Affairs.  The report is actually an update of an earlier report on… Read more »