Microsoft memo: Transformational?
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a lengthy memo today that seeks to focus the company on becoming "the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world." Accompanying the memo online, the company's banner photo of Nadella (a snippet is below) conveys a nice sense of energy, which goes well with his talk about transforming the company, serving customers and empowering people worldwide.
When companies talk transformation, however, workers have learned to check for the circling of HR representatives bearing bad news. Nadella declined to discuss the possibility of job cuts with The Seattle Times' Janet Tu; Bloomberg reports that "people familiar with the company's plans" say workforce reductions are likely. That could be less energizing. — J.C.
Will JBLM shelter migrant children?
Sylvia Mathews Burwell, U.S. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is considering moving over 600 Central American children to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the city of Lakewood isn't too happy about it. The move would be part of the government’s response to the thousands of children crossing the border fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. The News Tribune reports that a letter from Lakewood city officials raised concerns about the spread of communicable diseases, and wondered how housing the children would impact “the ability of JBLM to focus on its primary mission.”
According to the department of Health and Human Services, local governments won’t be financially impacted, since the agency plans to cover all costs for the children. (Find answers to frequently asked questions on the HHS website.) Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, reached out to Burwell for more information. Heck is supporting the Obama administration’s call to Congress to provide $3.7 billion to fund emergency housing and beefed up border protection.
“While I recognize the extreme danger these children experience in their home countries, [Central American] governments need to enforce their own rule of law such that these children aren’t forced to flee for their lives,” he wrote in a statement. — M.L.
Democrats riding the Hobby Lobby horse
Liberal fury over the Hobby Lobby decision is reaching a crescendo as Sens. Patty Murray, D- Washington, and Mark Udall, D-Colorado, introduced a bill that would override the recent Supreme Court ruling and require employers to cover birth control under health insurance, regardless of religious beliefs. “People across the country understand that if bosses can deny birth control, they can deny vaccines, HIV treatment or other basic health services for their employers or their dependents,” said Sen. Murray in a press conference Wednesday. She then took to Twitter today, tweeting a storm of sound bites under the #NotMyBossBusiness hashtag.
Murray: As @CecileRichards said: women use birth control for a host of reasons. None of which shld require permission slip from their boss.— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) July 10, 2014
The bill, sponsored exclusively by Democrats, is being fast-tracked through the Senate and could be heard as early as next week, according to the Huffington Post. Since sister legislation in the House is unlikely to break through the conservative clutches of Speaker John Boehner, the Senate bill may wind up being just another way for Democratic senators to rally supporters before the upcoming election season. — M.L.
Weed Week in Review
KUOW's Friday Week in Review roundtable discussion (10 a.m.) will have Luke Burbank sitting in as host for recently named host Bill Radke (on vacation). Crosscut's Knute Berger will be among the news panelists on a show that will include some substantial discussion of, you guessed it, legal pot. Berger will be writing about his own relationship with the drug on Crosscut tomorrow morning. (The show is at 10 a.m. on KUOW). — J.C.
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