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December 2015


Tiny Homes: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

Tiny Homes: Coming to a Neighborhood Near You?

December 30, 2015 by Steve Butler
Category: Development Regulations and Zoning

Tiny homes are all the rage these days! However, our zoning and building/construction regulations create significant barriers against them, especially if someone wants to live in a tiny home on a permanent basis. This blog covers some the things to consider in the regulation of tiny homes in local communities.

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Tax Changes for Recreational Services and Athletic/Fitness Facilities

Tax Changes for Recreational Services and Athletic/Fitness Facilities

December 29, 2015 by Toni Nelson
Category: Revenues

Recent legislation has changed the definition of a retail sale and the new change becomes effective on January 1. Here is some guidance on what this change may mean for your 2016 tax report.

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State-Licensed Marijuana Industry Morphing and Growing

State-Licensed Marijuana Industry Morphing and Growing

December 23, 2015 by Jim Doherty
Category: Marijuana

As the transition of the state-licensed marijuana industry continues, the LCB recently issued a recommendation for a substantial increase in the number of retail stores throughout much of the state.

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NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision Adds Complexity to Legal Landscape

NLRB’s Joint Employer Decision Adds Complexity to Legal Landscape

December 21, 2015 by Sarah I. Hale
Category: Personnel , HR Advisor

The National Labor Relations Board’s recent ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), lays out a new standard for the meaning of “joint employer.” 

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Social Media Management is Now a Full-Fledged Government Discipline

Social Media Management is Now a Full-Fledged Government Discipline

December 17, 2015 by Josh Mahar
Category: Social Media

The importance and complexity of social media have turned this once fledgling activity into a critical piece of government communication resources and it may be time for your organization to take it more seriously.

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Do Prevailing Wages Always Prevail? Lessons Learned from our Recent Webinar

Do Prevailing Wages Always Prevail? Lessons Learned from our Recent Webinar

December 15, 2015 by John W. Carpita, PE
Category: Purchasing and Contracting

On October 15, MRSC hosted a great webinar entitled, The Top Ten Things You Should Know About Prevailing Wage. We were lucky enough to have two fantastic prevailing wage experts from the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) join us: Laura Herma...

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Budgeting During Periods of Economic Instability

Budgeting During Periods of Economic Instability

December 4, 2015 by Stan Finkelstein
Category: Budgets and Budgeting , Finance Advisor

Having just experienced the most prolonged recession since the Great Depression, governmental leaders are well aware of the impact of the economic cycle on their jurisdiction’s fiscal well-being. As county and city legislative bodies approach the...

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Lean on Me: A Culture of Respect in the Workplace

Lean on Me: A Culture of Respect in the Workplace

December 3, 2015 by Larisa Benson
Category: Performance Management-Measurement , Government Performance Advisor

In this third of a 3-part series on understanding the people side of lean we explore how focusing on staff can help overcome the common obstacles to lean implementation. 

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New PRA Decision: Good Procedure Nets Good Result

New PRA Decision: Good Procedure Nets Good Result

December 2, 2015 by Jim Doherty
Category: Court Decisions and AGO Opinions , Public Records Act

The recent court of appeals decision in Benton County v. Zink holds a number of lessons to be learned regarding procedures for dealing with electronic records and developing an effective strategy for dealing with a litigious requestor.

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