Guest Buzzer: The Morning Buzz: Feline and Friends Edition

Coffee CatNews with all the focus a cat can bring:

The Real Cost of Shrinking Government : In less than two weeks, a cleaver known as the sequester will fall on some of the most important functions of the United States government.

West Linn, Lake Oswego – 2 of 100: Some of the safest U.S. Cities

Damascus Disincorporation :A hearing about a ballot title to disincorporate Damascus is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, March 11. Panda

Jobs for Hillsboro: Enterprise computing giant Oracle Corp. plans to announce Tuesday that it will be retaining jobs in Hillsboro that the company had contemplated moving out of the country, and will bring additional jobs to Oregon as well.

More Hillsboro News: In gambling parlance, Hillsboro is all-in on the Fourth and Main project.

Making Portland Proud: The 85th annual Academy Awards won’t begin until Feb. 24 this year, but we already have our first winner.

The contest#JealousMuch, Twin Cities?

Cat Planking            Thinking Cat

Always time for an election: Consuelo Saragoza, a senior advisor of public health and community initiatives at Multnomah County, is running for Portland School Board member Trudy Sargent’s seat this May

News from our neighbor to the east: Cities, counties and school boards rejected Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter‘s proposal to dump Idaho’s $140 million personal property tax, drawing a bold battle line for one of the 2013 Legislature‘s marquee issues.

News from our neighbor to the north: Business groups are taking their complaints over Seattle’s new sick leave policy to Olympia, saying the ordinance forces extra paperwork on employers, even those outside the city.

Delay in JTTF Report: Portland Mayor Charlie Hales wants to delay an annual report detailing police involvement in the Joint Terrorism Task Force until the end of March

Unimpressed Cat

Maybe more $$$: Oregon lawmakers can count on a little more money, but not a lot, to close out the current budget and build the next two-year spending plan

Legislators Legislating: Here are five things to keep an eye on at the Oregon Legislature this week.

Living Wage news: Service Employees International Union Local 503, the state’s largest state employee union, has put forth a proposal to raise the wages of its lowest-paid workers to about $30,000 per year, which likely will make its way into labor negotiations this year.

Tax reform and tax pot: U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer said today that Congress should rewrite the nation’s complex tax laws and tax, not outlaw, marijuana

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Non-News but Work Related Items:

Five Reasons Leaders Fail and Employee Rewards is all about motivation

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