MuniLand Snaps: January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, possibly feeling left out by all the national attention state treasurer Gina Raimondo is getting, creates a promo piece for himself.

Good Links

Stateline: At last, a year for state budgets in which the sky is not falling

Pension Dialog: Another decline in state and local levels of public pension payments

Citizens for Tax Justice: Trending in 2012: destroying the personal income tax

Bond Buyer: Pay-to-play 2.0: Dealers underwrite school-bond initiatives, then get underwriting business

Safari Books Online: Muniland’s bible available online

Bloomberg: Struggles between state and local governments over fracking heat up Jerry Brown’s budget plan would strip demands, payments from local governments

Our Downtown Hilo: Hawaiian town crowdsources civic improvements

Bloomberg: What is the Tennessee Energy Acquisition Corp. and why is it nonprofit?

@Twitter Talk

IpreoMuni @IpreoMuni IpreoMuni  Holiday volume versus demand. Here is this week’s muni deal calendar: #muniland
Barrett and Greene @GreeneBarrett Barrett and Greene  Will privatizing Ohio prisons save $?  While Gov. says yes, Policy Matters Ohio says numbers don’t add up
Tim Maniccia @tmaniccia Tim Maniccia  New York state agencies cutting spending 2.5 percent |…
NCSL @NCSLorg NCSL  Stateline reports big Medicaid savings thanks to programs that help people quit smoking:
Center on Budget @CenterOnBudget Center on Budget  Updated: The basics of the SNAP program foodstamps
Rachel Sterne @rachelsterne Rachel Sterne   Mayor @MikeBloomberg announces new Software Engineering Academy supported by @fredwilson and opening in September

Birmingham_News @Birmingham_News Birmingham_News  Jefferson County ends budget hearings where it began — seeking legislative help:

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