November 8: Muniland Snaps

By Cate Long
November 8, 2011

Chart via @nicholasdunbar depicting what the U.S. public sector pension plans actually made on average, 2001-2009. Data from Bloomberg Risk.

Good Links

WSJ: Romney proposes to privatize Medicare

The Nation: An argument for maintaining high employment levels within the government

DPC Data: Institutional muniland players get service that aggregates news items by CUSIP

BloombergLink:  Muniland players don’t see a change in muni bond exemption in next 12 months

Birmingham News: Jefferson County could move to file muniland’s largest bankruptcy today

Fort-Worth Star Telegram: Texas voters asked to approve numerous big bond issues

Middletown Journal: Ohio county quantifies job gains from tax exemptions

Central Penn Business: Harrisburg remains focused solely on incinerator debt, overlooks rest of debt load

Reuters: A few steps forward in the Harrisburg insolvency dance

YNN: Love the link at the bottom of the story directing readers to the community’s financial audits

@Twitter Talk

Corbin Hiar @CorbinHiar Corbin Hiar  What’s your community’s potential air pollution risk? Explore @NPR‘s interactive map to find out:

Ann Saphir @annsaphir Ann Saphir  Inside Room 200, home of the “super committee”

Kurt Collins @timesync Kurt Collins  Yep, it is here: Oregon lets citizens vote for U.S. House by iPad
Ted Nesi @tednesi Ted Nesi  Maine, NJ, Oklahoma, Washington all passed COLA cuts after 2010 changes in Colo & MN were upheld by the courts. No ruling on SD changes yet.

Pension Dialog @PensionDialog Pension Dialog   ”A chronicle of broken promises” says Phyllis Borzi, Asst Sec of Labor regarding defined pension plans

Tara Leo Auchey @todaysthedayhbg Tara Leo Auchey  Last night’s City of Harrisburg Consent Agreement meeting. What happened? Not much & a lot. Here are the headlines:

jim impoco @jimpoco jim impoco   Terrific photojournalism offers a window into a crowded California prison:

Motoko Rich@motokorich Motoko Rich  States try to save costs by shifting to contract workers, but savings are not so clear-cut:

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