MuniLand Snaps: March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

A muni health checkup for Q1 2012 via Van Eck Global. I really like mutual funds doing multimedia, but I’d suggest more graphs, charts and visuals. Pictures help tell muniland’s complex story.

Good Links

Council of State Governments: The essentials of the Affordable Care Act

AP: Although states are strangled by Medicaid costs, Obama urges governors to boost education funding

HuffPo: Growing number of Americans can’t afford food, study finds

Reuters: S&P says U.S. water utilities should consider rate hikes

Bond Buyer: Issuers refunding higher-interest bonds pushes up volume

Bloomberg: Stockton going broke: Police pay rising as California property collapsed

Detroit News: “It just blows my mind,” a pension board trustee says of kickback probe charges

Financial Advisor: “Usually the people who are being disrupted don’t know it’s happening to them”

Learn Bonds: “The smaller the trade size, the greater the amount clients are being overcharged”

NPR: Athena’s library, the quirky pillar of Providence

@Twitter Talk

ThinkProgress Econ @TPEconomy ThinkProgress Econ 1 in 4 homes sold last year was in some stage of foreclosure
DavisPolkReg @DavisPolkReg DavisPolkReg We are pleased to present the March 2012 Dodd Frank Progress Report
Barrett and Greene @GreeneBarrett Barrett and Greene New study says federal budget cuts could cost Massachusetts > 50,000 jobs in next decade
Gannett Albany @GannettAlbany Gannett Albany Pension reform quote of the week: “The road to hell is paved in amortizing pensions.”

Capital Tonight @CapitalTonight Capital Tonight White Plains Mayor Tom Roach: “I feel at local government we’re at the sharp end of the stick.”

Philip Marcelo @philmarcelo Philip Marcelo  Central Falls senator criticizes city overseer’s performance in Providence Journal union’s ‘Follies’…

Roxbury News @roxburynews Roxbury News Video of Tuesday’s forum on Harrisburg Receivers plan with Bill Cluck Neil Grover and moderated by @todaysthedayhbg Part -1:

Bond Girl @munilass Bond Girl Among different muni sectors, utilities and transportation had largest increases in volume
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