To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: June 25: Will bike-friendly policies help attract millennials?
Date: Wed Jun 25 14:57:01 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  June 25, 2014

States, cities bid for millennials with bike-friendly policies
Communities across the country believe that a cycling-friendly reputation will help them attract millennials and the creative and economic energy that comes with them.

Court strikes down Montana immigration law
Great Falls Tribune
A district court judge has ruled that enactment of the 2012 voter-approved law banning undocumented immigrants from accessing state services is pre-empted by federal law and is unenforceable.

California lawmakers delay ban on alligator products
Sacramento Bee
High-end California retailers are one signature away from continuing to stock their shelves with alligator belts and crocodile handbags – for at least another five years.

Mobile web siphons revenues as landlines fail
Tweeting, Facebooking, Skyping smartphone users are costing U.S. states and cities revenue as taxes rooted in old-fashioned telephone service fail to keep up with the Internet era. NCSL's Max Behlke quoted.

Employers worry over effects of $15 minimum wage
Seattle Times
All eyes are on Seattle as it moves toward a $15 minimum wage, the highest of any major city nationwide.
NCSL's state minimum wage chart.

Low rates fail to spur infrastructure spending
Across the U.S., localities are refraining from raising new funds in the $3.7 trillion municipal-bond market after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression left them with unprecedented deficits.
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