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Volume 14 - Number 3

February 7, 2014

Fourth Circuit Rejects Maryland County’s GSE Tax Collection Effort

A three-judge panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals last week upheld a lower court ruling against Montgomery County, MD’s bid to collect real estate transfer taxes from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The court rejected the plaintiff’s contention that the GSEs’ property sales were local in nature and outside Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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After the November elections, how long will it take for a new Congress and White House to pass GSE reform legislation?

I’m confident a bill will be passed the first year.


2 to 3 years. GSE reform is complicated.


Sadly it won’t happen in a Clinton or Trump first term.


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