In today’s Buzz: parlimentary breastfeeding, Census 2020 troubles, and a small climate victory
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What I’m Reading – Norse Mythologies
What I’m Doing – Slowly remodeling our house
- Senator Becomes First To Breast-Feed On Floor Of Australia’s Parliament: Greens party co-deputy leader Larissa Waters is the first member of Parliament to take advantage of a rule change she spearheaded, allowing new parents to care for infants on the floor of the chamber.
- New Amazon Building In Seattle Will Include A Homeless Shelter: The company is donating about half the space in a six-story building to a shelter with room for 65 families. Housing prices in Seattle have skyrocketed, along with the city’s business fortunes. (Image credit: Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty
- May 2017: Birthday and Books
- Job Posting: Director of HR/Communications, North Bend School District, Oregon
- #ELGL17:: What’s Going On with Kate Green, City of Peoria, IL
- #ELGL17: What’s Going On with Roy Atkinson, City of Altoona, WI
- Weekly Update: COWS, MIPS, #ELGL17, Band the Table, Cary
- #ELGL17 – May 11, 2017 – May 12, 2017
- Technology Efficiency Series: GIS Consortium Services – June 14, 2017 – 10:00am – 11:00am
Turmoil at the U.S. Census Bureau as Director Resigns: The director of the U.S. Census Bureau is resigning, leaving the agency leaderless at a time when it faces a crisis over funding for the 2020 decennial count of the U.S. population and beyond. John H. Thompson, who has served as director since 2013 and worked for the bureau for 27 years before that, will leave June 30, the Commerce Department announced Tuesday.
Puerto Rico files for bankruptcy; analysts urge investors to learn from ordeal: Puerto Rico has filed for a bankruptcy-like restructuring of its $70 billion debt, and many analysts are strongly suggesting that it serve as a wake-up call to municipal bond investors.
- Texas governor signs immigration enforcement bill, gets mixed reaction: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill on Sunday that imposes penalties on Texas governments that do not comply with federal immigration laws, while giving local law enforcement more immigration-related power.
- How do you solve a problem like Somalia? Can the latest international conference help the troubled state?
- Obama’s Climate-Focused Methane Rule Will Stand as Law: The Senate failed to repeal an Obama-era rule limiting the release of methane from drilling on lands overseen by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, or BLM, on Wednesday. For now, at least, the climate-focused rule will stand as law.
Local Government Confidential
- Silence on Mayor Murray sent a loud message: It’s maybe not fair, and it’s definitely not due process. But what ended Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s campaign for re-election Tuesday is that, on balance, people kind of believed his accusers.
- How North Carolina’s tourism industry performed in 2016 with HB2 in place: New figures from the state show that North Carolina’s tourism industry posted a banner year in 2016. Visitor spending in the Tar Heel State rose to a record $22.9 billion last year, N.C. Secretary of Commerce Anthony Copeland announced this week. That’s up more than 4% from the previous record of $21.9 billion set in 2015.
- Former Dallas council member Don Hill to be released early from prison due to terminal cancer: Former Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Don Hill, who is dying of cancer, will be released early from federal prison, where he was serving 18 years for bribery, so that he can live the remaining months of his life with relatives.
- Chicago launches website featuring scrubbed EPA climate change data: A new Chicago government website has posted climate change information and data that the Trump Administration had removed from the Environmental Protection Agency’s website.
- New Jersey community boosts productivity through cooperative contract: Document management complete overhaul saves city nearly $45,000 a year Ocean City, N.J., officials are using a cooperative document management contract to trim expenses and deliver efficiencies.