In today’s Buzz: Republicans get ready to vote on healthcare bill, commas commas and even more commas, and a transit mascot with an unsightly cold sore. This buzz is brought to you by the most wholesome of memes.
What I’m Listening to – My dog whining because he wants to eat pizza on the couch like a human
What I’m Reading – Back blog posts on SHRM’s website
What I’m Watching – This *sniffle* Is *wipes tear* Us
What I’m Doing – Hiding behind things and jumping out at my husband
- How House Republicans Are Planning to Vote on the Obamacare Replacement: Of the 216 votes needed to pass the bill, 132 of the Republicans in the House of Representatives support the proposed healthcare bill. 52 have concerns or oppose the bill. 53 are either undecided or unclear.
- FBI Director Comey Confirms Probe of Possible Coordination Between Kremlin and Trump: Comey confirmed that an investigation into coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign has been going on since July 2016. He also stated there is no information to support Trump’s wiretapping accusations.
- David Rockefeller, Philanthropist And Head Of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101: Banker, philanthropist, and last surviving grandson of Standard Oil co-founder, John D. Rockefeller, David Rockefeller was at the helm of his family’s fortune. He is remembered for his strong support of the arts. His private art collection was once valued at $500 million.
- The City That Incorporated Social Media Into Everything Just Doubled Down
- Kittelson’s Corner: Tournament Time
- Podcast: The ICMA President & the Intern with Lee Feldman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- It’s Time to Create a Business Solutions Group
- Ballin’ for the Fund Balance: Bracket Name Challenge
- UMANT Legacy and Emerging Leaders Luncheon – March 23 11 am – 1:30 pm
- Webinar: Managing Community Outrage Using Online Tools – March 23 noon-1 pm
- Supper Club: Sacramento, CA – March 23 6:30 – 8:30 pm
- Supper Club: Chapel Hill, NC – March 28 5:30 – 7:30 pm
- Webinar: Technology Efficiency Series: E-Purchasing – April 5, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
- Supper Club: SoCal – April 5 6:00 – 8:00 pm
- Twitter Book Club: The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerilla Government – April 20, 10:30 – 11:30 am
- A Water Crisis Like Flint’s Is Unfolding In East Chicago: The soil and water of the predominantly Black and Latinx city contain dangerous levels of lead.
- Denver’s New Transit Mascot Is A Total Jerk: The Colorado metro’s Regional Transportation District goes irreverent with its “Don’t Be Jimmy” campaign, starring a boorish rider who just dodged a sexually transmitted disease.
- When It Comes To Tax Incentives, How Transparent Is Your City?: A new report highlights major holes in local governments’ online disclosure of how economic development dollars are spent.
- St. Louis Trolley Revival In Full Swing: Trolleys will soon get back on track in St. Louis’ Delmar Loop, decades after they were taken out of service.
- Ivanka Trump Moves Into West Wing Office, Acknowledges ‘No Modern Precedent’ For Her Role: Although Ivanka Trump lacks a formal White house job, the president’s older daughter is moving into her own West Wing office, an administration representative said – a move that increases her profile as an influential, although unofficial, adviser to her father.
- A Few Words About That Ten-Million-Dollar Serial Comma: The case of the Maine milk-truck drivers who, for want of a comma, won an appeal against their employer, Oakhurst Dairy, regarding overtime pay (O’Connor v. Oakhust Dairy) has warmed the hearts of punctuation enthusiasts everywhere, from the great dairy state of Wisconsin to the cheese haven of Holland.
- The Stubborn Problem Of Ageism In Hiring: As traditional pensions disappear and lifespans get longer, older Americans are worried about not being able to retire, or burning through their 401(k)s to make ends meet. More people 65 and over are continuing to work: 18.8 percent, as opposed to 12.8 percent in 2000. Given the size of the Baby Boomer generation, that’s a lot of people (almost 9 million), and the number will likely keep growing.
- D.C. Wants Employers To Stop Only Subsidizing The Car Commute: Many employers, unwittingly or otherwise, subsidize car commuting by offering their workers a free parking space. A D.C. Council proposal wants to make that (often subverted) subsidy overt, and require employers with free or low-cost parking to give employees who want to walk, bike or ride transit to work the chance to cash out.
- Moody’s: Detroit Is ‘Credit Positive’ On Pension Plan: Moody’s Investors Service is taking note of the city’s plan for a dedicated fund to cover its future pension costs, a move the administration hopes will lead to an improved credit rating.
- Trump’s Proposed Budget Misses An Opportunity To Empower States And Localities: In President Trump’s proposed budget, the administration justifies some funding cuts by acknowledging the role of state and local actors, calling them “better positioned to serve their communities,” and designating cut programs as “primarily State and local functions.”
Local Government Confidential
- Oregon City: Non-Gentrifying Dogs Not Allowed?: From dog parks to pet-friendly cafes and so-called yappy hours, many businesses and developers are increasingly embracing pooches in the public sphere. Eugene, Oregon, seems to be moving in the opposite direction: Last week, the City Council approved a trial dog ban in the central part of the city’s downtown. Critics of the ban, however, say it’s not as much about dogs as the people who come with them — particularly the homeless.
- California’s Message To ‘Disillusioned’ Federal Employees: The week after President Trump’s inauguration in January, Robert Garcia, the mayor of Long Beach, California, told Route Fifty in an interview that while city governments will certainly face challenges in the “new un-normal” of 45th president’s administration, municipal governments like his might stand to benefit in one regard.
- More Chicken Trouble for NYC School Kitchens: It’s no giant chicken taking over the internet, but New York schools have once again pulled chicken tenders from its cafeteria menus, this time after a student found a piece of metal in one.