The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) last week proposed its biggest price hike for first-class mail since 1991. The USPS board of governors requested a 5-cent increase to the price of a First-Class “forever” stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents. The cost of shipping services would vary by product, with Priority Mail Express set to… Read more »

The federal budget deficit grew to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, nearly 17 percent higher than last year, according to the Treasury Department. The deficit is now on pace to top $1 trillion next year, and is the largest since 2012, when the economy was still recovering from the last recession. Administration officials attributed the… Read more »

ASAE and other members of the Professional Certification Coalition (PCC) recently had a productive discussion with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has pushed for occupational licensing reform legislation in the states. Bills introduced this year in Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and Michigan have all used ALEC model legislative language. The meeting between PCC members… Read more »

ASAE and other members of the UBIT Coalition have drafted a sign-on letter urging Congress to delay the effective date of a provision in last year’s tax law that imposes a 21 percent unrelated business income tax on qualified transportation benefits. The tax change is forcing many tax-exempt employers, including churches and other 501(c)(3) groups,… Read more »

October 26, 2018   The Honorable Orrin Hatch, Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on Finance 219 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510   The Honorable Ron Wyden, Ranking Member U.S. Senate Committee on Finance 219 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510   The Honorable Kevin Brady, Chairman U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means… Read more »

The election will bring many changes to how associations navigate state and federal policy issues. To help our members prepare, ASAE will host a program Midterm Election Review: Impact on Your Government Relations Strategy. The program will take place on Nov. 8 from 3 PM-5 PM to review the midterm election results and assess the… Read more »

Many in Washington are looking to the lame duck session in hopes that Congress will pass fixes to the 2017 tax law. One major correction that the retail and restaurant community are seeking is an error that denies credit for renovations for many retail and restaurant businesses. Senior officials at Treasury’s Office of Tax Policy… Read more »

The Senate on Wednesday narrowly defeated a measure, introduced by Democrats, to overturn President Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare insurance plans, including short-term health insurance plans and association health plans. The legislation narrowly failed by a 50-50 vote in the Senate on party lines with the exception of Sen. Susan Collins, who voted with the Democrats…. Read more »

IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig was officially sworn in this week and is being pressed by Senate Democrats to defend and enforce a provision in the tax code that bans churches and other 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups from engaging in political activity. The Johnson Amendment, which has been in place since 1954, prohibits churches and other groups… Read more »