MuniLand Snaps: February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012

Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson on the nation’s fiscal sustainability: “We’re the healthiest horse in the glue factory.” In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland last week, Simpson said the United States is on the same track as Europe’s weakest countries and is destined to experience a full-blown debt crisis. Simpson, known for his blunt talk, has been waving this flag for some time.

Good Links

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Mother Jones: Who actually benefits from federal benefits?

NYT: Job losses in the public sector

Bond Buyer:  Municipal bond issuance declined in every southeastern state in 2011

Muni Net Guide: The rise, fall, and future of not-for-profit hospital debt issuance

Bond Buyer: FINRA files suit over excessive bond markups, ranging from 5.36 percent to 22.92 percent

SEC: MSRB files rule to update muni bond trade reporting system

I-Watch News: Michigan’s budget crisis puts democratic institutions on the chopping block

NYT: Cuomo: “Maybe basic competence appears as a conspiracy plot to you”

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iWatch News@iWatch iWatch News  @ProPublica rounds up top reporting on the foreclosure crisis, featuring our look into mortgage servicer abuses.

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OccHealthSafety @OccHealthSafety OccHealthSafety  Nevada Approves Autonomous Cars for Public Roads
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Citycode Financial@munimojo Citycode Financial   Johnson County launches online survey to collect residents’ input on 2013 budget
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