ASAE is urging its members to weigh in on legislation in Ohio that would impact professional certification programs run by associations. Ohio Senate Bill 255 calls for the government to set up its own voluntary certification programs in certain cases to compete with those administered by associations. The bill passed the Ohio Senate in June… Read more »

U.S. Travel Association officials and CEOs from 13 USTA member companies met with President Trump and senior administration officials at the White House Sept. 4 to discuss the economic impact of travel and tourism and the importance of inbound travel to trade deficit reduction. The conversation focused on ways the administration and the travel industry… Read more »

ASAE will celebrate the extraordinary role associations play in advancing society at the 19th Annual Power of A – Summit Awards Dinner on Oct. 3 at the National Building Museum. The annual fundraising event, which helps support ASAE’s public policy initiatives, recognizes six winners of ASAE’s Summit Award, the highest recognition for associations that create… Read more »

The Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) is planning to submit an amicus brief in a case with potential ramifications for associations pending before the Michigan Supreme Court. The case involves the Michigan Association of Home Builders, which filed suit against the city of Troy over building department fees. But one of the questions on… Read more »

House Republicans are still intent on passing a second round of tax cuts before the November elections, but controversy over how to address the tax law’s $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions is giving GOP tax-writers pause in drafting a package. The SALT cap, which under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is… Read more »

Congress and the Trump administration are facing crunch time on a number of important issues heading into the fall and the November midterm elections. First, House and Senate leaders are trying to get nine of 12 annual spending bills signed into law before the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. Congressional Republicans want to… Read more »

To those attendees of ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Expo in Chicago this week, thank you for coming and special thanks to everyone who visited the Public Policy kiosk at McCormick Place. We enjoyed sharing some of the issues ASAE is tracking, including a new 21 percent tax on employer-provided transportation and parking benefits, association health… Read more »

A broad coalition of associations and companies sent a letter Aug. 22 urging the Treasury Department to resolve errors in last year’s tax law affecting the retail and restaurant industries. As the massive tax law was being drafted last year, lawmakers mistakenly denied businesses making interior renovations immediate full expensing. While the intent was to… Read more »

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), ranking member on the Senate Finance Committee, reiterated yesterday that he is putting a hold on all Treasury nominees pending before the committee. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) is still trying to confirm Chuck Rettig to serve as the next IRS commissioner and a number of other nominees for… Read more »

The IRS on Aug. 21 issued interim guidance on the provision in the new tax law that requires separate computation of unrelated business income tax (UBIT) for tax-exempt organizations with more than one unrelated trade or business. ASAE and the UBIT Coalition have been asking for guidance from Treasury for months on this provision, along… Read more »