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March 5, 2013
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Workforce News for State and Local Government Professionals

  Public Sector Trends 
  • 1980s law to hit Social Security for some government workers
    Some Americans will not get the Social Security benefits they may have been expecting because of a rule adopted in 1983. Workers who were eligible for a government pension and were hired before 1984 are subject to a provision that prevents them from getting both the pension and full Social Security benefits. The so-called Windfall Elimination Provision lowers the benefits amount for those who were not subject to payroll tax. Fox Business (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Municipalities increasingly hand off duties to HOAs
    More homeowners associations are performing traditional duties of local governments, such as trash pickup and street upkeep, leading some experts to worry that a long-term crisis is brewing. "At some point, my question is this: Is not the responsibility going to come back to the municipality? They'll have slums on their hands," said Evan McKenzie, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. USA Today (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • San Antonio City Council might go from per-meeting pay to salary
    The San Antonio City Council and residents have voiced support for switching from paying councilors $20 per meeting to giving them a salary. Supporters say increasing councilors' pay would keep them from seeking higher-paying office and would allow for a more diversified council. On average, San Antonio councilors work more than 40 hours per week. San Antonio Express-News (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Update 
  • State moves to avert Detroit bankruptcy
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has taken steps to prevent Detroit from becoming the largest municipal government in U.S. history to seek bankruptcy protection. Snyder declared a state of economic emergency for the city, opening the door to naming a financial manager to straighten out Detroit's finances. The city has 10 days to appeal the decision. Bloomberg Businessweek (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Career Development 
  • One job skill to rule them all
    Emotional intelligence is one of the most powerful factors to determine whether a person will be successful, Amanda Ebokosia writes. To enhance it, you should focus on five areas, including motivation. Ebokosia suggests creating notes that describe what drives you so that you don't lose sight of your goals. Black Enterprise (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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