GASB rule requires cities, states to disclose private debt | IRS vows to prevent states from circumventing SALT limit | States, universities clash on the purpose of higher education

May 25, 2018
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GASB rule requires cities, states to disclose private debt
Municipal and state officials will have to report loans they have taken from private institutions under a rule from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board that goes into effect next month. The new rules also requires officials to disclose any unused lines of credit, public assets used as collateral and potential financial penalties under private lending agreements.
Governing magazine online (5/25) 
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Federal, State & Local Update
IRS vows to prevent states from circumventing SALT limit
The IRS said it will take action to prevent states and local governments from developing ways to help people get around the new $10,000 cap on state and local tax deduction, or SALT, which was included in the tax overhaul bill. New York was the first state to come up with a plan to protect residents, by allowing local property taxes to be turned into charitable contributions, and other states have similar plans in the works.
WGRZ-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (5/23),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/23) 
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States, universities clash on the purpose of higher education
A growing number of states are enacting changes to higher education funding as they pressure universities to focus on preparing students to enter the workforce rather than on humanities or social sciences.
Governing magazine (5/2018) 
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Judge rejects Ill. plan to improve inmate mental health care
US District Court Judge Michael Mihm rejected a two-step Illinois Department of Corrections plan to address problems in mental health care services for state prison inmates. The state has had problems hiring and retaining trained mental health care workers.
The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) (5/23) 
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Transportation & Public Works
NTSB studying cracks in collapsed pedestrian bridge
NTSB studying cracks in collapsed pedestrian bridge
(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary examination of the collapsed pedestrian bridge in Florida is focused on cracking. The agency's continuing investigation will study the bridge's design, construction process and materials.
Reuters (5/23) 
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San Francisco adopts rules to bring scooter startups under control
San Francisco's transportation agency is moving to deal with the explosion of dockless electric scooters. Under new rules, scooter startups must get their vehicles off the streets by June 4 and submit applications for business permits by June 7.
Axios (5/24) 
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Health, Education & Human Services
CBO: Government spending $705B on health coverage assistance
A Congressional Budget Office report estimates that the federal government will spend approximately $705 billion on health insurance assistance this year, which translates to $2,582 per American under 65. Of the total, $82 billion will go to people under 65 who qualify for Medicare, $49 billion will go to the Affordable Care Act premium tax credit program and $4 billion will go to ACA's Basic Health Program.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (5/24) 
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Leadership, Management & Ethics
Leaders help people consciously define their values
We spend too much time trying to motivate different generations based on what we think they value, writes Susan Fowler. "Instead of trying to 'motivate' millennials based on their programmed values, try a different approach: Help individuals develop conscious and meaningful values," she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (5/23) 
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How to help employees with mental health
Support mental health in the workplace by talking about it openly, setting policies to protect and accommodate employees and offering wellness programs, writes Michelle Jackson of Unum. "While technology and our always-on culture make it hard to disconnect, encourage employees to set device-off times so they can fully recharge before the next day," Jackson writes.
Workforce online (5/18) 
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ASPA E-Learning Archives Provide Educational Catch-Up
If you're looking for some new education, make sure you catch up on e-learning opportunities ASPA has already held. Our webinar archives have more than 120 hours of content loaded in and ready to go. Links take you to password-protected files on Vimeo that you can watch on the go or on your desktop. Find the full archives online and access any of the files whenever you need them for free (members-only)!
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Inspirational Resource Now Available
Public service inspiration now fits in your back pocket! In partnership with ASPA, Marc Holzer has released a new edition of his book, "A Call to Serve," and it's available for sale on ASPA's website! With almost 80 pages of inspirational quotes about ethics, purpose, citizenship, quality of life and more, this is a fun book that you can carry with you to boost your day and remind you of the wonderful reasons we all work toward excellence in public service. Find it on our website now!
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In observance of Memorial Day in the US, ASPA SmartBrief will not publish Monday, May 28. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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