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State’s fiscal woes hinder ‘State of Stoningtons’
-- Catherine Hewitt, The Westerly Sun

Connecticut: March 23, 2017 -- Connecticut’s financial woes will soon impact Stonington and North Stonington even though the two municipalities have worked hard to be fiscally responsible.


Tensions high as Lowell High site vote delayed
-- Todd Feathers, Lowell Sun

Massachusetts: March 22, 2017 -- Using a procedural maneuver Tuesday night, City Councilor Jim Milinazzo delayed for one week a vote to request that the state Legislature remove Article 97 restrictions on fields near Cawley Stadium that are a potential site for a new high school.


Ascension Parish School Board awards school construction project to a different bidder after protest
-- Ellyn Coullvion, The Advocate

Louisiana: March 22, 2017 -- What a difference two words can make. The lack of the words "sealed bid" on the envelopes of two of the bids for a major Ascension Parish School System project had led district officials to decide against opening those bids and the School Board to award the project to a firm that had those two words on its envelope.


Rollingstone offers to fix school
-- Laura Hayes, Winia Post

Minnesota: March 22, 2017 -- Amidst deliberations on whether to close Rollingstone Community Elementary School next school year and passionate pleas from Rollingstone community members to save their school, the Rollingstone City Council decided to put its money where its mouth is and reached out to Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) leaders, saying that it would be interested in coming up with ways to decrease district expense. The council indicated it would be interested in helping with the cost of repairs to the school, maintenance work, and other expenses.


D204 struggling with too much to fund with too little money
-- Suzanne Baker , Naperville Sun

Illinois: March 22, 2017 -- The Indian Prairie District 204 school board was given an overview of several big ticket items facing the district in coming years, including the costs to reduce class sizes, the final phase of air-conditioning work at the elementary schools and other much-needed school maintenance improvements.


Lawmakers introduce bills to fund infrastructure through corporate tax reform
-- Michael Cohn, Accounting Today

National: March 22, 2017 -- Rep. John Delaney, D-Md., has introduced two pieces of bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Republican lawmakers to rebuild infrastructure by encouraging U.S.-based multinational companies to repatriate the profits they hold abroad at reduced tax rates. White Paper Revenue recognition: complexity simplified By focusing on four key areas associated with the new rules, NetSuite provides a roadmap to … Partner Insights Sponsor Content From: NetSuite Accounting March 13 One of the bills, co-sponsored by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is called the Partnership to Build America Act. It would create an American Infrastructure Fund to finance state and local infrastructure projects, capitalized through a one-time $50 billion bond sale to U.S. corporations looking to repatriate part of their international earnings. The fund could be leveraged at a 15:1 ratio to provide up to $750 billion in loans or guarantees to state and local governments for infrastructure projects. The other bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Ted Yoho R-Fla., is known as the Infrastructure 2.0 Act. Originally introduced by Delaney in 2013, it too would create the American Infrastructure Fund, as well as provide extra revenue to expand the Highway Trust Fund using international tax reform. Under the Infrastructure 2.0 Act, U.S. multinationals’ existing foreign profits would be subject to a one-time tax of 8.75 percent, replacing the tax deferral option and the current top corporate tax rate of 35 percent. To encourage action, the legislation includes a forcing function, so if more comprehensive tax reform is not enacted by Congress, a fallback international tax reform package would take effect. Under this option, for active-market foreign income, companies would pay a 12.25 percent tax to the U.S. on overseas profits if they are currently paying no tax, and a 2 percent tax to the U.S. if they are already paying an average of 25 percent abroad, with a sliding scale in between. “Our infrastructure solution delivers a triple bottom-line: it creates good-paying jobs, boosts our long-term economic competitiveness and improves the quality of life of millions of people,” Delaney said in a statement. “There is a lot of interest on both sides of the aisle in infrastructure and our solution bridges the partisan gap.”


W-JCC construction projects progressing
-- Amanda Williams, The Virginia Gazette

Virginia: March 22, 2017 -- Williamsburg-James City County Schools two biggest projects are on time, according to the firms in charge of construction.


SBA: Fayette must complete all projects in facilities plan
-- Sarah Plummer, The Register Harold

West Virginia: March 21, 2017 -- The West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) approved a binding grant agreement Monday that requires Fayette County to complete its existing facilities plan in order to receive funding allocated in December 2016.


SBA waits for State BOE on Nicholas County consolidation
-- Sarah Plummer, The Register Harold

West Virginia: March 21, 2017 -- The West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) refused Monday to consider an amendment to the Nicholas County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan that would close Richwood High School until it has been approved by the State Board of Education.


Gering school board pass two resolutions for future high school plans
-- Jeff Smith, Star Herald

Nebraska: March 21, 2017 -- Gering Public Schools Board of Education passed two resolutions on March 20 in order to move forward with its high school renovation project. Voters in the school district recently passed a bond issue in a special election with an approval rating by citizens of over 70 percent.

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