University appeals HHS ruling

first_imgThe University is again challenging a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mandate that requires Notre Dame’s insurance plan to cover contraceptives, according to a report in The South Bend Tribune.Notre Dame is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to grant the University an exemption to the mandate, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, in light of a recent Supreme Court decision, the Tribune reported. The Supreme Court ruled Jan. 24 that the nonprofit organization Little Sisters of the Poor and other similar religious groups do not have to cover contraceptives until the Sisters’ lawsuit is resolved.“There is no legitimate basis upon which an injunction could be granted to the Little Sisters of the Poor but denied to Notre Dame,” the University said in its motion, according to the Tribune.A federal appellate judge in Chicago will hear oral arguments in Notre Dame’s case Feb. 12, the Tribune reported.“If government is allowed to entangle a religious institution of higher education like Notre Dame in one area contrary to conscience, it’s given license to do so in others,” Paul Browne, vice president for Public Affairs and Communications, said.Tags: Contraception, HHS Lawsuit, HHS Mandate, Notre Dame, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

After the NFL decision, it’s time for credit unions to stop abusing the tax code

first_imgby: Frank KeatingLike any football fan and patriotic American, I’ve always been perplexed by why the National Football League and certain other big sports leagues are tax-exempt corporations, organized under a section of the tax code intended for trade associations, professional organizations and local chambers of commerce. The NFL has attracted a lot of criticism over the years for not paying taxes. A recent congressional report found that this tax exemption cost taxpayers $109 million over a decade.I must applaud the NFL for voluntarily deciding to reorganize in a way that will stop abusing the tax code, as the league knew its tax status was an unnecessary distraction from its goal of providing a high-quality football experience for fans.Now that the NFL has neutralized this issue, Congress should take a look at another outrageous tax exemption: the one that allows multibillion-dollar credit unions that function just like taxpaying banks to avoid paying any federal taxes whatsoever. This tax break for a trillion-dollar industry cost taxpayers $20 billion over 10 years.Congress originally gave credit unions a tax exemption because they were intended to serve people of “modest means” who share a meaningful common bond, such as working for the same employer or attending the same church. But for many big credit unions, those days are long past. There are now more than 200 credit unions with more than $1 billion in assets, and those very large credit unions account for nearly two-thirds of the credit union industry’s profits. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more