November 18: Muniland Snaps

November 18, 2011

Meet the West Virginia Office of Technology Cyber Security Program. You will never think government work is dull after seeing this.

Good Links

Bloomberg: Even with Jefferson County bankruptcy, investors add to muni bond funds

Finextra: This is one major reason that there is no retail bond market

BD America: Trade association argues for licensing, training for muni financial advisors

Collingswood Patch: Near insolvent town of Collingswood, NJ gives away free holiday cash

Gov Tech: States with ancient mainframe computer systems not uncommon

The Atlantic: State budget cuts reduce public media funding

Bloomberg: Major credit-rating agencies increase rating fees faster than inflation

Reuters: Jefferson County attorneys in spitting match

CS Monitor: Almost 20 percent of Detroit’s 88,000 lights do not work

@Twitter Talk

Bloomberg Government @BloombergGov Bloomberg Government   Obama will sign a $182 billion budget measure approved by Congress to avert a government shutdown:

Mike Shedlock @MishGEA Mike Shedlock   Detroit May Run Out of Cash Next Month, Unable to Meet Payroll, Situation Worse than Reported: Michigan Live rep…

Pension Dialog @PensionDialog Pension Dialog   Here are some helpful facts about hybrid pension plans — dating back to TX in ’47 and IN in ’55

Tim Maniccia @tmaniccia Tim Maniccia   For a city in Montgomery County, MD, staying debt-free is the norm –…

Ted Nesi @tednesi Ted Nesi  NEW: EngageRI spent $524,657 to push #ripench bill in October alone; $30K for polls, lobbyists; more for ads:

Barrett and Greene @GreeneBarrett Barrett and Greene   Massachusetts #PensionReform legislation finalized: $5 billion in savings envisioned

GreatLakesGuy @GreatLakesGuy GreatLakesGuy   Bicycle Master Plan for Lakewood Ohio aims “to establish bicycling as main means of transportation” (PDF)

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