June 8, 2011

The thing I hear most often about muniland is how murky the market is. It is rather astounding that the municipal market is so little understood given its size and its effects on state and local governments and tax rates. To help shake the market up and create more transparency, I thought it would be helpful to start gathering muniland data sets for people to start playing with. Have at it, friends. Please send over any interesting findings.

Data pools Statistics at the State and Local Levels

Office of Management and Budget: Historical Tables

Bureau of Economic Analysis: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by State and Metropolitan Area

US Census: Quarterly Summary of State & Local Tax Revenue

US Census: Government Employment & Payroll

Bureau of Labor Statistics: Local Area Unemployment Statistics Map

Bureau of Economic Analysis: Federal Recovery Programs and BEA Statistics

The National Association of State Budget Officers: Spring 2011 Fiscal Survey of States

Wall Street Journal: State tax collections

Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances

Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board: MSRB Annual Fact Book

Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board: Monthly Municipal Trade Statistics

SIFMA: Outstanding U.S. Bond Market Debt

Standard & Poor’s: 2011 State Debt Loads

Center for Retirement Research: Public Pension Plans Database

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: Many States Cutting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

A nice tool

Google Fusion Tables: Gather, visualize and share data online

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