MuniLand Snaps: March 5, 2012

March 5, 2012

Changing energy consumption patterns in the United States will involve a lot of creative approaches. Here is a fascinating “cultural revolution in progress.” Via Grist

Good Links

GAO: Federal agency issues report on state and local government pension plan

NYT: Editorial: How to pay for pensions Mayor: Smaller pensions will save Providence

Bond Buyer: Puerto Rico, Houston and New York lead a hefty slate of municipal bond issuance

PA Budget and Policy Center: Banks, schools and the ongoing problem of interest rate swaps

Birmingham News: Jefferson County’s chapter 9 bankruptcy petition can proceed, judge rules Ohio governor turns down federal disaster aid following tornadoes

LA Times: Things will never be the same as state budget cuts hit small-town Ohio Ohio governor to propose new tax on fracking to give Ohioans a personal income tax cut

@Twitter Talk

National Archives @archivesnews National Archives James Madison appears on this census; the first time it was on a standard printed form.

Legislative Library @TexasLRL Legislative Library   From NCSL: How are states doing on the 2nd anniversary of the Affordable Care Act? Good collection of articles:

Bond Girl @munilass Bond Girl    Since recession, 35 states have reduced pension benefits to cut costs, half have increased member contributions.
John Gramlich @johngramlich John Gramlich  Ohio gov Kasich declines federal disaster aid after tornadoes:
The Detroit News @detnews The Detroit News    Chronic mismanagement prompts state to ask Detroit to transfer services for poor to nonprofit.

The Civic Federation @CivicFederation The Civic Federation    IIFS Blog Post: “The Section 25 Exception: How Illinois Defers Medicaid Bills”

John Ellis @41jellis John Ellis   Why New Jersey will be the first to crash:…
Tim Maniccia @tmaniccia Tim Maniccia   Firefighters, pension officials & St. Louis city leaders cracking down on costly firefighter disability benefits.…

Tara Leo Auchey @todaysthedayHBG Tara Leo Auchey   “Creative Construction: The New Phase of American Municipal Finance”…

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