12.27.11 The Morning Buzz

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Cornilles to Speak at Special ELGL January Meeting; Bonamici Declines

Details will be announced this week. In the meantime, read more about Rob Cornilles.


Washington Post: Falling home values mean budget crunches for cities

A survey of city finance officers conducted by the National League of Cities found that more than 40 percent said their city was cutting services, such as parks and libraries. More than a third reported altering employee health-care benefits to save money. Nearly three-quarters said they had instituted hiring freezes, and a third had been forced to lay off workers.


The Columbian: City managers’ pay rises across county

Vancouver City Manager Eric Holmes’ 3.5-percent salary increase raised some eyebrows earlier this month. It turns out Holmes has plenty of company. In fact, his pay bump is not the highest among local top city administrators.


Brookings: The Uneven Aging and “Younging” of America: State and Metropolitan Trends in the 2010 Census

America is beginning to show its age as the baby boom generation advances toward full-fledged senior-hood. But the pace of this aging will vary widely across the national landscape due to noticeable geographic shifts in the younger population, with implications for health care, transportation, and housing, and possible impacts upon our ability to forge societal consensus.

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