Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, in August's Smart Management column on how gainsharing -- the concept of sharing unspent dollars with other employees and agencies -- is often ignored when budgets are the smallest.
Source: McClatchy Newspapers | New Jersey |
August 9, 2012
New Jersey state Sen. James Whelan, responding to the NCAA and four professional sports leagues' decision to file a lawsuit against the state to stop it from implementing sports betting at casinos and race tracks.
Source: The Associated Press | North Carolina |
August 7, 2012
Molly Diggins, director of the Sierra Club in North Carolina, where Gov. Bev Perdue allowed a bill to become law that bans the state from using a science panel’s recommendation to plan for rising sea levels until more studies are conducted in 2016.
Source: Los Angeles Times | Nation |
August 3, 2012
Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), sponsors of a bill to eliminate the taxes Olympic athletes must pay on the earnings they receive for winning medals. Olympians who win medals receive $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze from the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Paul Irving, chief operating officer at the Milken Institute, which published a report naming the best U.S. cities for aging. Provo, Utah, and Sioux Falls, S.D., were respectively named the best large and small cities for seniors.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's official statement announcing his divorce from his wife, Helen Thorpe. The couple said "neither has had an affair, that they did seek extended counseling, and that this decision is unrelated to the difficult events Colorado has faced this summer."
Source: Washington Post | Oklahoma |
July 31, 2012
David Blatt, director of a state policy think tank in Oklahoma, where both political leaders and residents are skeptical of the federal government and the health-care reform law's insurance mandate. Jan. 1, 2014, marks the day when most Americans will be required to have health coverage.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is outraged over a local newspaper's story about her 14-year-old daughter's employment at the Statehouse gift shop. The reporter questioned whether this qualifies as nepotism.
Gil Kerlikowske, drug czar for the Obama administration, which has said that it opposes any efforts to legalize marijuana. In November, Colorado, Oregon and Washington state voters will decide whether to legalize the drug for commercial use.
Source: New Jersey Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
July 25, 2012
What judges will be required to tell jurors in New Jersey, starting after Labor Day, in an effort to increase the reliability of eyewitness testimony and discourage innocent people from being convicted of crimes.
Ted Jackson, former deputy director of operations at the California parks department, which had been underreporting its funds and accumulated nearly $54 million in "hidden assets" over 12 years. The state is investigating why and how this occurred and several of the department's leaders have either resigned or been fired.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Georgia |
July 23, 2012
Larry Winter, a member of Georgia's Board of Education, which took the unprecedented step of stripping Dougherty County School District of federal funding over concerns that it exaggerated the number of students who qualify for federal meal assistance.