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At the end of this year, the City of Pittsburgh’s accord with a coalition known as the Pittsburgh Public Service Fund will end, and it’s already caused friction between local nonprofits and the city’s newly elected mayor, Bill Peduto.

A panel working on regulations for a future casino in New Hampshire also wants to make changes to existing laws governing charity gambling.

The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority decided Wednesday to draft legislation that looks at the state’s existing rules separately from those it is writing to regulate a casino if one is approved.

As communities grapple with funding deficits and policy makers push to squeeze money from any source possible, once again taxing nonprofit institutions is being proposed.

The tax exempt status of nonprofits is time-honored agreement between society and nonprofits, but current thinking on the issue is vastly divided. 

One NH lawmaker is proposing a bill aimed at nonprofit hospitals and universities.  Since the implications of this proposal impacts the entire sector, NH Center for Nonprofits will closely monitor the bill, provide timely updates and information from around the country. Look for a future convening on this topic.
Read more about this from the Concord Monitor

Big swaths of the federal government closed shop at midnight Monday (9/30) after Congress failed to reach a deal to keep the money flowing. What does the shutdown mean for nonprofits?
The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Quarterly have both weighed in with their thoughts.

The nation is getting ready for the next round of last-minute battles to reach a decision on a Fiscal Year 2014 budget (all but impossible), a continuing resolution to keep the government running (more like), or a government shutdown (please, no!). Oddly, the sequestration part of the budget battle is not being addressed, at least for the pieces of concern to nonprofits, partly because the public is growing to like the cuts, partly because President Obama has taken credit for their deficit reduction impacts, and partly because elements looking to be protected from sequestration are the military and the FAA, not the social safety net.
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GuideStar, Charity Navigator, and BBB Wise Giving Alliance have denounced the “overhead ratio” as an indicator of performance.

The IRS on Monday issued a report entitled Charting the Path Forward at the IRS: An Initial Assessment and Plan of Action. The report outlines new actions and next steps planned to fix problems uncovered with the IRS' review of applications for tax exempt status and improve wider processes and operations in place at the IRS.
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It seems like the public at large, and perhaps much of the nonprofit sector as well, doesn’t find the sequestration budget cuts much to worry about. A fix for air traffic controllers, another one for USDA meat inspectors, and somehow the public seems willing to let the rest of the sequester’s blunt-axe approach to budget-making slide. This aricle from Nonprofit Quarterly explores a new bill being proposed.

Speaking with nonprofit leaders gathered at the Nonprofit Capitol Exchange, Governor Maggie Hassan called this a "pivotal point in history, when NH must choose its’ own path forward by harnessing the greatness of its people and by allowing everyone to succeed."
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President Obama has released a proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014 and the ideological battle of taxation and spending is now joined in something close to what Congress calls the “regular order.” Rick Cohen of the Nonprofit Quarterly offers an analysis of what this means for the nonprofit sector.
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