MuniLand Snaps: December 29, 2011

December 29, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy produces some great data visualizations. The image above relates to installations of “smart meters” for electrical use.

Good Links

City Journal: Urban-development legends

Bluegrass Pundit: Are welfare recipients really required to work?

Bloomberg: Don’t expect +10% returns in muniland again in 2012

Reuters: U.S. Census: Stock losses hit public pensions

Bloomberg: State, local pension-fund assets drop 8.5% as stocks slide

Bloomberg: Michigan sells $3B of bonds to pay off federal unemployment insurance loans

Denver Post: Colorado asks DEA to reclassify marijuana

@Twitter Talk

Accu Weather @breakingweather Accu Weather   Wild weather rocked the U.S. in 2011 with monster snowstorms, swarms of tornadoes, killer heat & drought.

ClevelandFed @ClevelandFed ClevelandFed   the fourth quarter started with broad-based declines in home prices.

Govistics by CGR @Govistics Govistics by CGR  Public workers’ time-buying perk costs states –

mark bergen @mhbergen mark bergen   The Dumbest Local Politics Scandals of 2011… (Team Janice Daniels)

John Gramlich @johngramlich John Gramlich  California state prisons are shedding inmates fast: 900 a week, to be exact.

David Burge @iowahawkblog David Burge   Resolved: no elected office in this country should come with a pension. It’s a temporary civic duty, not a career.

TheBurg @TheBurgNews TheBurg  GMR to mayor: “stay the course” but be humble and tolerant. Accept other’s advice. (mayor not in attendance)
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