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Posts for March 2013


Unsung Heroes of the Washington Public Works Community: The APWA Contract Administration Subcommittee (CASC)

As I stated in an earlier blog post, I am quite "plugged in" to the greater Washington State public works community. I’ve had many opportunities over the years to see and to...

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Are Donations to Local Governments Tax Deductible?

Most donations to local governments are deductible from the donor's federal income taxes. So what information does the local government need to provide to the donor for IRS purposes?

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Email and the OPMA: Key Tips for Local Government Elected Officials

At the outset, I recognize that some issues under the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) (chapter 42.30 RCW) can be especially challenging for local government elected officials who serve on a three-member governing body, since communications between any two such members can constitute a meeting under the OPMA. But what specific types of communications are we talking about here?

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The cost of public healthcare

Creative Use of Emergency Communications Tool Saves Clark County Time and Money

In Clark County, response to a public health emergency sparked a creative solution that's saving time and money. It was an epiphany born out of crisis—the commonplace resource...

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Who Says You Can’t Fight City Hall?

We have all heard the expression, "You can't fight city hall." But many citizens can and do regularly participate in their local government and are able to have real impacts on the outcomes of policy debates.

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