MuniLand Snaps: April 4

April 4, 2012

Watch Texas Justice on PBS. See more from Need to Know.

There are surprises everywhere in muniland. Here is one I learned about from PBS: Despite leading the nation in executions, “Texas has been a pioneer in finding alternatives to prison – as a way to control costs and to prevent convicts from returning.”

Good Links

Atlantic Cities: The true cost of unwalkable streets

WaPo: “Taxmageddon” in one table

NYT: Where housing once boomed, recovery lags

Reason: Recovering America: earning less, spending more, $6.7 trillion poorer

WSJ: State-by-state unemployment rate from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Reuters: Municipal bond sales up 68.3 percent, to $78.9 billion, in first quarter

Bond Buyer: Symposium on distressed municipalities

Bloomberg: Ohio governor fights own party over taxing Ohio’s drillers

Columbus Dispatch: Ohio proposes coordinated care for Medicare, Medicaid

Reuters: Fish tanks and palm trees – Miami’s new baseball stadium

The Civic Federation: Chicago plan lacks details on how individual projects will be funded

@Twitter Talk

California WatchCalifornia Watch @CaliforniaWatch Free military surplus gear a boon to local CA law enforcement
The Atlantic CitiesThe Atlantic Cities  @AtlanticCities Everything you ever wanted to know about Bus Rapid Transit in one nifty website
BlackRock®BlackRock® @blackrock By the numbers: sector performance in February
Otis WhiteOtis White  @OtisWhite Tying up loose ends at S.F.’s TIF agency: Turns out, it takes a while to shut down a form of gov’t.
Buffalo RisingBuffalo Rising @BuffaloRising The City of Philadelphia saved $2 million over the past year by easing marijuana possession laws:

Otis WhiteOtis White @OtisWhite 139 sq. miles: The amount of vacant land in Detroit is so great, you could fit the city of Paris in it.

Jen DePaulJen DePaul @BondBuyerJen In a letter ruling the IRS denied tax-exempt status to a club that owns and operates property for a college sorority and its alumni
steve from virginiasteve from virginia  @econundertow Orange County/San Diego pols demand closure of San Onofre Nuclear power station. Steam generator leaks:

Romy VargheseRomy Varghese @romyvarghese Pennsylvania mulls privatizing its lottery. State ranks 8th in Sucker Index.

Ellen MillerEllen Miller  @EllnMllr New Philly newspaper owners are old hands at exchanging money for influence
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