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NEWS: June 24, 2010

Public Workforce | California
Governor: Pay State Workers Minimum Wage
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration will seek to slash state workers' pay to the minimum wage until a budget accord is reached, according to a memo from Schwarzenegger's personnel director. But the man charged with writing workers' paychecks, Controller John Chiang, said he would defy such an order.
MORE: Los Angeles Times
Report: Miami-Dade Moonlighters Flouted Rules
A former Miami-Dade County mayoral chief of staff and several high-ranking police regularly flouted outside-employment rules while earning more than $400,000 moonlighting as police consultants in Panama, according to an inspector general's draft report.
MORE: Miami Herald

Former Detroit Mayor Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
Kilpatrick
Public Officials | Detroit
Imprisoned Ex-Mayor Indicted
on Fraud, Tax Charges

A federal grand jury indicted former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on 19 counts of mail and wire fraud and filing false tax returns, alleging he used a nonprofit as a private slush fund. Kilpatrick is already in state prison for probation violations stemming from his 2008 conviction for obstruction of justice.
MORE: Detroit Free Press

Human Services | Wisconsin
Lawmakers Back Rating Child-Care Providers
Reacting to reports of widespread fraud, members of the legislature's Joint Finance Committee unanimously approved a plan to rate Wisconsin's child-care providers and link their taxpayer-financed subsidies to the quality of care they offer.
MORE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
California Welfare Cards Work in Casino ATMs
California welfare recipients are able to use state-issued debit cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in more than half of the state's casinos, a Los Angeles Times review of records found.
MORE: Los Angeles Times

Environment | The Nation
Oil-Spill Plans Based on Faulty Federal Data
BP and other big oil companies based their plans for responding to a big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on U.S. government projections that gave very low odds of oil hitting shore, even in the case of a spill much larger than the current one.
MORE: Wall Street Journal

Education | The Nation
Latest Budget Victim: School Libraries
Students who wished their school librarians a nice summer on the last day of school may be surprised this fall when they're no longer around to recommend a good book or help with homework. As the school budget crisis deepens, administrators across the nation have started to view school libraries as luxuries that can be axed.
MORE: Associated Press/Yahoo News
Portland Schools Face P.E., Faculty Cuts
Elementary and middle schools in Portland, Ore., would lose their physical education programs while high schools would lose 10 percent of their faculty under Superintendent Carole Smith's plan to deal with a $19 million cut in state funding for next school year.
MORE: The Oregonian

Asian carp
Natural Resources | The Great Lakes Region
Asian Carp Found
Near Lake Michigan

A 19-pound Asian carp has been found near the shore of Lake Michigan, above a navigation lock that regional political leaders had been demanding the Army Corps slam shut to try to keep the invaders out of the world's largest freshwater system.
MORE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Technology | Massachusetts
New Data Center to Showcase Green Tech
Massachusetts broke ground on a $110 million data center that will back up the state's critical data. Officials say the 148,000-square-foot Springfield Data Center will be a state-of the-art facility that's a national model for green technology.
MORE: Government Technology

Public Health | California
Whooping Cough Epidemic Declared
Whooping cough is now at epidemic levels in California, with 910 cases of the highly contagious disease confirmed in the state between Jan. 1 and June 15, according to the state's public health director. Five infants, all under 3 months of age, have died.
MORE: Los Angeles Times

Xe Services logo
Contracting | The Nation
CIA Hires Former Blackwater Firm
The CIA has hired Xe Services, the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, to guard its facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere in a contract worth about $100 million.
MORE: Washington Post

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Jack Abramoff
Abramoff
QUOTABLE

He is not the monster he has been portrayed as.
Ron Rosenbluth, owner of Tov Pizza in Baltimore, saying disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is making $7.50-$10 an hour working in the pizza parlor's back office as part of a post-prison work-release arrangement, is responsible, punctual and courteous
New York Times | More quotes


DATAPOINT

101.9%
Increase in the number of housing units in Flagler County, Fla., from 24,452 in April 2000 to 49,373 in July 2009, making the county the nation's fastest-growing during that period, according to new Census Bureau data
American City & County | More data


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ANALYSIS & COMMENTARY

Finance
Darrell Steinberg
Needed:
a New California

To maintain the services Californians expect and want will require raising some fees, delaying some tax cuts and perhaps even raising some taxes. But it will also require that the state find more efficient ways to deliver those services. California needs a restructuring plan that begins to transfer both funds and responsibility to its counties.
MORE: Los Angeles Times


UPCOMING

Government Technology magazine
CTO Summit
June 28-29 | Chicago

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
International Convention
June 28-July 2 | Boston

Harvard Kennedy School
Executive education program on
Public-Private Partnerships in a Changing World

July 5-16 | Cambridge, Mass.

GovLoop and Young Government Leaders
Next Generation of Government Summit
July 6-7 | Arlington, Va.

American Federation of Teachers
National Convention
July 7-11 | Seattle

National Governors Association
Annual Meeting
July 9-12 | Boston

Association of Government Accountants
Professional Development Conference & Exposition
July 11-14 | Orlando, Fla.

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