State AGs call for tougher oil train rules | No cuts to Social Security retirement benefits, Medicare in Trump's budget | Texas bill would protect religious objections in denying adoptions
May 23, 2017
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State AGs call for tougher oil train rules
Attorneys general from New York, California, Maine, Illinois, Maryland and Washington state are asking the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to create stricter rules for oil trains and set a limit of 9 pounds per square inch on crude vapor pressure. They argue that lower pressures would reduce the risk of accidents.
The Hill (5/22) 
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Federal, State & Local Update
No cuts to Social Security retirement benefits, Medicare in Trump's budget
The budget proposal President Donald Trump submitted to Congress doesn't call for any reductions in Medicare or the retirement benefits provided by Social Security. However, his plan does call for cuts to benefits paid by Social Security Disability Insurance and would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments paid under the federal government's retirement system.
Bloomberg (5/23) 
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Texas bill would protect religious objections in denying adoptions
The Texas Senate has passed legislation that would let state-funded agencies decline adoptions to potential parents who are gay, single or non-Christian in cases where religious objections to an adoption are cited. A similar bill gained approval in South Dakota in March.
The Associated Press (5/22) 
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Vt. prepares to launch retirement plan for small companies
Vermont is on track to be the ninth state to establish a state-sponsored retirement plan for private sector employees. The voluntary multiple-employer plan for businesses with 50 or fewer workers is scheduled to come into operation in January 2019, despite a resolution signed by President Donald Trump that could lead to the end of such plans.
InvestmentNews (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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Military, Tech & Public Safety
Foreign Military Financing sees cuts in Trump's 2018 budget proposal
The State Department's Foreign Military Financing would take a big hit under President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal and would switch to a loan program. The move would affect countries that typically rely on the US to boost their more modest defense budgets.
Defense News (5/19) 
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Tablets to aid emergency response in Berkeley County, W.Va.
Dozens of mobile tablets will be installed in Berkeley County, W.Va., police and emergency vehicles this summer with the goal of improving emergency response coordination. The tablets can instantly receive incident locations and other information from 911 dispatchers.
The Herald-Mail (Hagerstown, Md.) (5/19) 
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Health, Education & Human Services
DeVos: Trump to propose ambitious education choice expansion
President Donald Trump is planning "the most ambitious expansion of education choice in our nation's history," said Education Secretary Betsy DeVos without offering details. The president has pledged $20 billion per year toward expanding school choice.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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Ga. re-entry programs seek to boost RN supply
The Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center in Georgia is using re-entry programs to help address a shortage of registered nurses in the state that could hit 50,000 by 2030. The RN re-entry programs work with nurses who have left the profession and want to relicense to return to clinical practice, as well as those who have a license from another state but want to add Georgia credentials.
WABE-FM (Atlanta) (5/17) 
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Leadership, Management & Ethics
Being yourself is your great leadership asset
Leaders should worry about who they are rather than seeking to impersonate others, Jesse Sostrin writes. He offers instructions on how to uncover your authenticity, such as mapping out what's preventing you from being yourself and the patterns behind such behaviors.
Strategy+Business online (free registration) (5/16) 
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Charisma can be developed
Charisma is often spoken about when discussing innate qualities, but charisma can be learned, writes Sarah Weber. She points to two things that help develop charisma: learning to engage the audience and projecting your passion for what you're discussing.
Quantified Communications (5/18) 
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