Capitol Corner



We had a very successful 2019 legislative session, defeating a sales tax on accounting and tax services proposal, stopping an increase to the CPA license fee, and addressing a number of other troublesome bills. Thank you all for playing an active role in our advocacy efforts. It would not have been possible without the help of all of you who heard our calls to action and emailed legislators, submitted testimony, donated to our digital advertising efforts, and more. Thank you!

Read the 2019 Connecticut Legislative Session Wrap-Up (pdf). 

View the complete text of Public Act 19-186 and Public Act 19-117. 

         

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State News

Nonprofits say philanthropy alone can’t save services
To paraphrase Connecticut’s private, nonprofit social service agencies: Gov. Ned Lamont just doesn’t get it. Frustration with Lamont, who rebuffed a request from nonprofits for $100 million of the state’s $2.5 billion reserve, recently surged after the governor urged the agencies to ask more from wealthy donors.
Court Hands Municipal Broadband Supporters A Victory
Superior Court Judge Joseph Shortall just made it easier for cities and towns to begin contemplating what municipal Internet service might look like for their residents and businesses. In a decision issued last week, Shortall found that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority “overstepped its bounds as an administrative agency” in deciding the municipalities were restricted from using what’s called “free gain” or utility pole space to provide internet service to its residents.
Lamont’s dedication to reserves stems from debts heaped on Malloy
As Gov. Ned Lamont tries to decide whether to weaken Connecticut’s firewall against the next recession to jumpstart its cash-starved transportation program — as Republicans have proposed — he can’t help but look backward. Lamont’s rearview mirror is fixed on his predecessor, Dannel P. Malloy. More specifically, it’s centered on the fiscal chaos Malloy faced — due in no small part to the empty reserves and debt he inherited.
House Democrats counter with trucks-only tolls
The House Democratic majority offered a transportation financing plan Tuesday that recycles a campaign proposal made and abandoned by Gov. Ned Lamont: Trucks-only tolls to be charged at a dozen bridges on interstate highways in Connecticut. The concept was quickly welcomed by Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney, D-New Haven, whose unyielding opposition effectively killed Lamont’s broader proposal of charging tolls on all motor vehicles at 14 tolling gantries.
Funding cliff for community health centers puts staffing, patients at risk
Federal funding for community health centers is nearing expiration this year. And both health professionals and politicians are warning, that may have some impacts on Connecticut centers and patients. Laying people off of work isn’t something that CEO Nichelle Mullins wants to do just before the holidays. But if federal funding for Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford stops coming, she may have to.

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Accounting Standards and Regulations

FASB Delays Certain Effective Dates for Credit Losses, Leases, Hedging, and Long-Duration Insurance Standards
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) today issued two Accounting Standards Updates (ASUs) that finalize various effective date delays for standards on current expected credit losses (CECL), leases, hedging, and long-duration insurance...
How the CPA Exam is poised to change
New technologies with the power to reshape accounting, such as data analytics, are emerging all the time. In this podcast, Rich Gallagher, CPA, senior director of content for the AICPA Examinations team, tells us how the CPA Exam is able to keep...
IRS, Treasury issue final regulations on new reporting requirements for life insurance contract transactions
The Internal Revenue Service today issued final regulations on the new information reporting requirements for certain life insurance contract transactions. The requirement was authorized under new section 6050Y, added to the Internal Revenue...
FASB votes to delay effective dates for 3 major standards
Effective dates will be delayed for private companies and certain other entities for FASB’s standards on accounting for leases, credit losses (known as CECL), and hedging after a unanimous vote Wednesday by FASB. FASB directed its staff to draft...
Treasury, IRS release final and proposed regulations on new 100% depreciation
The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service today released final regulations (PDF) and additional proposed regulations (PDF) under section 168(k) of the Internal Revenue Code on the new 100% additional first year depreciation...

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Federal News

Funding cliff for community health centers puts staffing, patients at risk
Federal funding for community health centers is nearing expiration this year. And both health professionals and politicians are warning, that may have some impacts on Connecticut centers and patients. Laying people off of work isn’t something that CEO Nichelle Mullins wants to do just before the holidays. But if federal funding for Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford stops coming, she may have to.
Consumers support U.S. economy as business spending slumps
U.S. economic growth slowed less than expected in the third quarter as a further contraction in business investment was offset by resilient consumer spending, further allaying financial market fears of a recession. The Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the third time this year on Wednesday amid lingering threats to the longest expansion on record from uncertainty over trade policy, slowing global growth and Britain’s departure from the European Union.
Elections bring new focus on college debt, which burdens CT students more than others
Like many young couples who are starting a life together today, Dan and Sherry Agabiti carry a burden that’s largely unique to their generation – a large amount of college debt. Dan Agabiti, 28, is a Rhode Island native who wanted the experience of attending college away from home. He enrolled as an out-of-state student at the University of Connecticut against the counsel of friends and family who warned him it would cost too much.
How CPAs can prepare for the California Consumer Privacy Act
Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law six amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act, the comprehensive state privacy law that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, creating new compliance issues for CPAs and their clients. CCPA will “become the most stringent privacy law of any single state,” explained Anthony Pugliese, CEO of the California Society of CPAs, who spoke to Accounting Today about the wide-ranging effects of the new legislation on the eve of it being...
Fallout from Trump's trade wars felt by economies around the world
The collateral damage of the United States’ trade wars is being felt from the fjords of Iceland to the auto factories of Japan. Central bank governors and finance ministers traded grim tales of suffering economies at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank fall meetings in Washington this week. Some also noted how far U.S. policy had shifted from the 1940s, when Washington co-founded the IMF.

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