Alex Macfarlan, University of Oregon, Department of Planning Public Policy and Management, Program Associate
Bob Hart, City of Kennedale, TX, City Manager
When It Comes to Streetcars and Economic Development, There’s So Much We Don’t Know – Both BRT and streetcars are championed as tools for development. But only one has evidence to back that up.
The Plot to Kill the Affordable Care Act – Why it continues to drive many Republicans to madness.
Male-Female Pay Gap Hasn’t Moved Much in Years – Women earned 76.5 cents for every dollar that men did last year, moving no closer to narrowing a gender pay gap that has barely budged in almost a decade.
A Renewed Push to Nix Nebraska’s Income Tax – Gov. Dave Heineman, who tried to eliminate the state income tax earlier this year, wants to replace the lost revenue by ending some sales tax exemptions. But legislators still aren’t sold.
Ex-Dodgers owner McCourt gives Georgetown $100 million to launch public policy school – The McCourt School of Public Policy, to be launched in October, will join a host of schools with a similar mission at other universities. Harvard has the John F. Kennedy School of Government. George Washington has the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. There are also public policy schools at the University of Maryland and George Mason University.
Even After 5 Kids Were Mowed Down on a New York Sidewalk, Nothing Much Changes – It happened last week in the Maspeth neighborhood of Queens.
Burbank, California, Is Worried It Might Have a ‘Mansionization’ Problem – In older suburbs, should there be a limit on how big single-family homes can be?
Florida Among States Undercutting Health Care Enrollment – In Florida, the governor and lawmakers have made it harder for residents to get the cheapest rates under the insurance exchange and to get help from specially trained counselors.
Recovery Efforts Resume in Colorado – After five days of record-setting rainfall that led to seven deaths, the weather started clearing in Colorado Monday, allowing rescue teams to reach people in isolated mountain communities.
Kotek Memo: Kitzhaber “Likely” To Drag CRC into Special Session – Governor and House Speaker Continue To Push For Bridge Project
Legislature to look at limits on local improvement district fees – Oregon’s local improvement district law, which allows cities to assess property owners for new infrastructure, may get fine-tuned in the February
Democrats turn to vets to run in 2014 – The party has mounted a concerted push to recruit military veterans to run in next year’s midterm, figuring it’s a lot harder for Republicans to caricature people who’ve donned their country’s uniform as Obama-loving liberals.
What’s wrong with Obama? His presidency is in a parlous state.
Ex-Officials Are Reaping Profit After Assisting on Health Law – Those who had a hand in the passage of President Obama’s health care law are now finding lucrative work in the private sector, as businesses try to understand the complex measure or profit from it.
Tale of One or Two Cities – Who, between Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio, is the uniter, and who’s the divider? Depends on whom you ask.
Obama, Republicans, and the Crisis of Legitimacy – The incipient showdown in Washington is a form of this underlying tension — not a Latin American–style coup, but very much a crisis of legitimacy. American government has developed customs for resolving the divided government problem.
AHEAD OF IOS 7’S RELEASE TOMORROW, APPLE OFFERS LEGACY APPS TO SUPPORT OLDER DEVICES -WITH APPLE EXPECTING MORE MOBILE FRAGMENTATION, THE APP STORE UPDATE HELPS IT SUPPORT OLDER MODELS.
8 Things We’d Change About Twitter – Twitter, the second most popular social site in the world, intends to go public on a near-approaching date. That means that if you plan to buy any shares, you’ll have a negligible say in the direction the company takes in the future.
17 Pinterest metrics you should be tracking – You’ve created some cool Pinterest campaigns, and are using the social pinboard to build awareness for your brand. It looks like your Pinterest strategy is working out great.
IPHONE 5C AND 5S REVIEWS: “FUTUREPROOF”, “A DELIGHT”, “PUT THAT IN YOUR F***ING POCKET” – ALL GOOD UNDER THE IPHONE 5S HOOD, SAY MOST REVIEWS. SO WHICH COLOR WILL YOU BUY: GRAY, WHITE OR GOLD?
Working in New York, Living in a Shelter – Alpha Manzueta has two jobs but has lived in a homeless shelter for three years, and she is part of a growing class of New Yorkers who work but can’t find affordable housing.
Why the U.S. Needs to Fall Out of Love With Homeownership – Politicians should stop pretending that owning your own home is the way to make the nation richer.
Who Has Worse Subway Etiquette: Men or Women? A war of the sexes, waged on Tumblr.
HOW TO MANAGE A FLEXIBLE WORKFORCE, AND MAKE SURE WORK-AT-HOME EMPLOYEES KEEP INNOVATING – DO EMPLOYEES NEED TO BE IN THE OFFICE TO STAY COMPETITIVE IN THE 21ST-CENTURY WORKPLACE? (MARISSA MAYER, WE’RE LOOKING AT YOU.)
After Stints Abroad, Tough Re-Entry – Spending a few years overseas can vault ambitious employees into senior leadership positions. But companies aren’t always prepared when those workers return home, veteran expatriates and executive recruiters say.
Restaurant and Lodging Association Kicks Headquarters Hotel – The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association raised concerns today about the 600-room headquarters hotel Metro President Tom Hughes is proposing
Tualatin wants feedback on possible $4 million council building move – This is one option for the demolition and rebuilding of the Tualatin council building, prepared by a consultant and design firm. (SRG Partnership Inc).
In the wake of difficult budget process, Portland finds itself with extra millions – Now the Portland City Council and Mayor Charlie Hales can start discussing in earnest how to spend the money. Hales is championing using the money, at least in part, to pay down city debts.
Cornelius police investigation: Documents from criminal inquiry show internal conflicts – The investigation failed to find any evidence of criminal wrongdoing, according to a review by the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office that was completed last month. State police were investigating Rubenstein along with Cornelius Lt. Joe Noffsinger and Officer Dustin DeHaven.
Esquire touts Gresham’s Mayor Bemis in list of people, concepts and things ‘that define our time’ – Mayor Shane Bemis, 41, landed in the October issue of Esquire, a special edition celebrating the 80th anniversary of a magazine tailored to educated and stylish men.
Florence to rescue events center – The city will use property tax funds to keep the facility operating in the black
Board extends limits at plaza – The Lane County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a set of rules that essentially make permanent the temporary restrictions used to block activists
Task force to rethink park events – With the feedback from a popular but much-criticized music festival still ringing in their ears, Lane County commissioners decided Tuesday to ask a task force to come up with a new plan for selecting and managing events at Emerald Meadows.
Linn, Benton approve debt-limiting measure – Albany voters resoundingly approved a reworked charter amendment on Tuesday that supplants the debt-limiting measure approved by voters last March.
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St. Louis: Regenerating America’s legacy cities – The city’s filing for bankruptcy might have the effect of super-charging the atmosphere around revitalization efforts — and may even prompt some lunging for megaprojects and silver bullets. St. Louis should resist this temptation, and stay a course that is slow and steady.
Michigan and Illinois Get Two Medicaid Systems for the Price of One – The partnership is a first of its kind in the country and will save the states millions in start-up and maintenance costs