November 18: Muniland Snaps

By Cate Long
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:  ow.ly/7xKQP

Mike Shedlock @MishGEA Mike Shedlock   Detroit May Run Out of Cash Next Month, Unable to Meet Payroll, Situation Worse than Reported: Michigan Live rep… bit.ly/tu6C3o

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

Tim Maniccia @tmaniccia Tim Maniccia   For a city in Montgomery County, MD, staying debt-free is the norm –  washingtonpost.com/local/md-polit…

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

Barrett and Greene @GreeneBarrett Barrett and Greene   Massachusetts #PensionReform legislation finalized: $5 billion in savings envisioned ow.ly/7v7gj

GreatLakesGuy @GreatLakesGuy GreatLakesGuy   Bicycle Master Plan for Lakewood Ohio aims “to establish bicycling as main means of transportation” bit.ly/uNTOW9 (PDF)

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