MuniLand Snaps: January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012

A report from the Congressional Budget Office confirms what many people believe: Federal government workers earn more relative to private-sector workers. Chart via @mattyglesias

Good Links

Cato Institute: Total compensation for federal employees: On average 16 percent higher than in the private sector

Stateline: Creating jobs: What can a governor do?

Stateline: Infographic: How a European recession could hit state economies

MSRB: Full agenda at the muniland overseer’s quarterly meeting

Reuters: Muni board seeks to end “masking” of U.S. bond prices

Bond Buyer: The MSRB fully embraces its new role as investor and issuer advocate

SIFMA: U.S. municipal bond credit report, Q4 2011

Bloomberg: State of Washington is bringing the largest bond offering of the year

Bloomberg: Illinois faces “potentially paralyzing” $35 billion unpaid bill backlog

@Twitter Talk

Bloomberg TV @BloombergTV Bloomberg TV    Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Decreased 3.7% From Year Earlier

Real Time Economics @WSJ_Econ Real Time Economics  Sortable chart of change in home prices by metro
Center on Budget @CenterOnBudget Center on Budget  Much of the progressivity of the federal taxcode is needed to offset the regressivity of state and local taxes
Gretchen Rubin @gretchenrubin Gretchen Rubin  In 1974, 66% of children walked or biked to school. By 2000, number had dropped to 13%:
Reuters Top News @Reuters Reuters Top News  Insight: The great northern migration — of U.S. cattle
iWatch News @iWatchi  Watch News   Private prison industry ups donations to Florida campaigns as the state weighs privatization
Secretary of State @secstatewa Secretary of State  Oregon begins annual sessions this week, faces big budget gap.
Govistics by CGR @Govistics Govistics by CGR  Streetcars could bring in $8B for DC…
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