Muniland Snaps – December 21, 2011

By Cate Long
December 21, 2011

Excellent report by AlJazeeraEnglish on the decline of labor unions in the U.S.

Good Links

Firedoglake: White House gives up pretense of competitive market for health-insurance exchanges

Advisor One: Muniland heavies weigh in on 2012

Bloomberg: Another muniland prediction of 2012 bond issuance at $340 billion

Statesman: Large private water companies bring higher water rates

Bloomberg: California is not Greece

Center for American Progress: Dispelling myths about Americans who receive public benefits

Gov Tech: Corporation teams with Virginia prison to train prisoners in green tech

Wenatchee World: If the lawsuits start flying, get out your checkbook

@Twitter Talk

U.S. Census Bureau @uscensusbureau U.S. Census Bureau   New state pop est. released today show slowest national growth since 1940s. Texas has gained half a mil ppl since 2010.  go.usa.gov/NRe

Barrett and Greene @GreeneBarrett Barrett and Greene   Current unemployment rates and max for the recession  ow.ly/86jPD 50 states useful chart from @calculatedrisk

Bruce Katz @bruce_katz Bruce Katz    President Obama adds @NatlGovsAssoc@usmayors to Export Council  whitehouse.gov/the-press-offi… States & metros are critical to growing US exports

PewCenterOnTheStates @PewStates PewCenterOnTheStates   Stateline Editor’s Pick: Feds let states decide coverage rules for health care overhaul  ow.ly/85kKo

Urban Land Institute @UrbanLandInst Urban Land Institute   GAO report details local cost of vacant properties: bit.ly/ujiMq8

John Gramlich @johngramlich John Gramlich  Pretty stunning: Number of FL residents on food stamps has tripled since the recession: thesent.nl/sfpV81

Scott Klein @kleinmatic Scott Klein  Great journalism has impact RT @ddayen: The drug court judge featured on This American Life was forced to resign today.  washingtonpost.com/national/power…

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