03.15.2017

03.15.2017

 Today’s Buzz features the city of a million news stories, Washington D.C. I’m here in D.C. for the National League of Cities Conference. This was my first time at the NLC conference and my second time in D.C. My first visit-like a fair amount of you all-was when I was in fifth grade. This time I caught the super hyped-up storm that resulted in 2.5 inches of snow. This Colorado girl was not impressed. I took a selfie tour of the city: one with the conference keynote, one with the White House where I’m wondering how long before we have a female president, one with my baby bump, and one with Lincoln.

Right Now with Carly Lorentz

(Twitter | LinkedIn)

What I’m Doing: Finishing my last day at the NLC Conference

What I’m Reading: The Originals by Adam Grant

What I’m Watching: This is Us

We’re Buzzin’

Trump Wrote Off $100 Million in Business Losses in 2005: According to tax forms made public on Tuesday night in a rare glimpse at documents that he has refused to disclose since becoming a candidate for the nation’s highest office. The forms showed that Mr. Trump paid $38 million in federal income taxes on reported income of $150 million, an effective tax rate of 25 percent.

If federal taxes go down, state and local taxes could go up: As President Trump and his allies in Congress work to cut federal taxes and spending, San Francisco’s elected officials are laying plans to create new taxes at the state and local levels.

Image result for washington dc

Trending on ELGL

Bracket Challenge: Ballin’ for the Fund Balance

Top Ten Ways to Improve Your Local Gov FOIA Process

Job Posting: Village Administrator, Woodridge, IL

Job Posting: City Assessor – Wausau, WI

 

Upcoming ELGL Events

Image result for washington dc

50 Nifty

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Record Levels: The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased at an unprecedented pace in the last two years, even as Trump administration officials discount the relevance of a number that many climate scientists find deeply disturbing.

The Results of America’s First Transit-Incentive Program: Last year the San Francisco Bay Area became the first laboratory in North America for a mass-transit incentives program, with BART offering rewards to commuters who shifted their morning commutes away from the peak rush.

Top 5 Park & Trails Destinations for Disabled Access:The physical and psychological benefits of spending time outdoors – hiking, biking, paddling, birding or just enjoying a trailside picnic while in nature – have multiple benefits for those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, obesity, heart disease, depression, type II diabetes and more, according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.The irony is that those who could gain the most from being in the nature, the disabled, have the hardest time getting in.

Can Government Employees Criticize the Government? Can government employees be legally fired for criticizing the government? It’s a question that many federal workers are asking as they look for ways to express opposition to their new boss but keep their jobs. During the presidential campaign last year, one survey found that 95 percent of federal workers’ donations went to Hillary Clinton. Now they find themselves working for President Donald Trump, the candidate they tried to beat.

A parking meter by an empty lot? West Sacramento parking fee premature, some argue: West Sacramento has toiled for years to turn its riverfront Bridge District into a real downtown – a modern and densely-packed live-work area like the one Sacramento is trying to create in its downtown across the river. Next month, city officials say they will take what they consider the necessary next step toward urbanity – paid street parking.

Denver Battles With its ‘Fugly’ New Housing: Colorado’s population has swelled 10 percent since 2010, with the capital city attracting an estimated 82,387 people. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, Denver metro added 58,474 people. To support the Green Rush—the nickname for the current boom that coincides with Colorado’s legalization of marijuana—an estimated 10,000 new homes are to be constructed in Denver each year through 2018.

Local Gov Confidential 

Lodging tax use for Olympic Museum still divides City Council: Colorado Springs’ Lodging and Automobile Rental Tax has churned up healthy revenue over the past two years, and the LART committee now is recommending how to spend a big chunk of that change. Most City Council members support anteing up $250,000 for the pro cycling Colorado Classic this year and a final $250,000 for the new Summit House atop Pikes Peak.

Failed City Council candidate fined $71K over campaign finances: Ricardo Brown, an accountant, took only 13 percent of the votes in a 2013 primary against incumbent Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens), but spent $88,168 more than he raised — with much of the payments benefiting his firm, Brown Young & Co.

Portage City Hall becomes school for a day: A Group of 14-Portage High School Students will abandon the classroom today and move over to City Hall, and one of them will become Mayor for the Day, and actually co-chair the City Council Meeting this evening.

Conservative Cities See ‘Sanctuary City’ Term as Scarlet Letter: Sheriff Mark Miller of Wapello County, Iowa, wants to make one thing clear: his community is absolutely not a “sanctuary city.” He balks at the notion that they are a safe harbor for undocumented immigrants. Miller said his office merely asks the government to get a warrant before detaining people in Wapello County who may be in the country illegally.

Op-Ed: Austin Still Needs Traditional Buses: By focusing on better serving high-traffic corridors, the focus is taken off sending buses to the harder-to-reach communities. “The trouble is that public transit is a lifeline for the people who live in these communities. If we’re getting rid of their buses, we have to be careful that whatever replaces them won’t leave residents stranded.”