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August 17, 2017
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Report: Cost of living in cities is too much for janitors
New York City and other high-income places come with housing costs that make it prohibitive for workers such as janitors to live there, according to a report from economists at the University of Chicago and Harvard University. A janitor in New York would, on average, pay more than half of his or her income in housing costs.
Quartz (8/11) 
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Declining bus service hurts residents and their employers
Municipal bus ridership and funding in the US has yet to recover from the Great Recession, hurting residents' mobility and affecting employers' ability to retain workers. "We have great people but their barrier to employment most of the time is their ability to get to work," says Stacy McCall, CEO of ServiceMaster by Stratos in Memphis, Tenn.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/12) 
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Government Affairs
Kansas City, Mo., OKs minimum wage hike despite state ban
Voters in Kansas City, Mo., have approved an increase in the city's minimum wage, despite state legislation that bars local governments from enacting their own minimum wage rules. The approved proposal would increase minimum wage from $7.70 to $10 per hour beginning Aug. 24, but it will likely be nullified when the state rules take effect on Aug. 28.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch/The Associated Press (8/8) 
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Study: Uncertainty over ACA pushes premium-increase requests higher
A Kaiser Family Foundation study found that uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act is leading insurers to pursue double-digit premium increases. Insurance companies are unsure about the ACA's future because of the Trump administration's actions and threats to take steps such as ending cost-sharing subsidies, according to the study.
Bloomberg (8/10),  The Associated Press (8/10) 
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Business Best Practices
Overcome your fear of giving feedback
Avoiding tough feedback can be harmful to employees and the company, writes Angela Sebaly. Truly being kind means telling people where they need improve -- and in a way that shows "respect and concern for the person on the receiving end," she writes.
ThoughtLeaders (8/14) 
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Cloudflare defies pressure to grow fast
It is a rule at cybersecurity startup Cloudflare to never grow by more than 100% in a yearlong span, said CEO Matthew Prince. "The culture can start to suffer because there's nothing foundational to keep you stable," he said.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/11) 
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