Debt deal for states: whither Medicaid?

By Cate Long
August 2, 2011

Debt deal for states

As we reach the end game in Washington, states still have no idea how a reduction in federal spending will trickle down to their budgets. Stateline.org drills down to the number one concern of governors and state legislators — Medicaid (emphasis mine):

Medicaid is the beast

By Cate Long
July 22, 2011


It’s not short-term federal budget issues and credit rating changes that should worry muniland; these issues will require adjustments and creative solutions, but they are transitory. The real issue for states is how their budgets will sustain the increasing load of Medicaid, the federal government’s healthcare program for the poor and those who require nursing home care. This is the real elephant in the room.

“Unrelenting rigidity”

By Cate Long
July 7, 2011

“Unrelenting rigidity”

It feels as though American politics has become a war. The battle is not about civil rights or women’s suffrage; it’s a war about how large a role the government should play in the redistribution of income and the support of the people. There is plenty of room to disagree on these issues.

The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation

By Cate Long
July 5, 2011

“The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation.” ~Woodrow Wilson

“To win the future, we must dream big and build big”

By Cate Long
June 30, 2011

America’s Interstate Highway System celebrates 55 years

This is the best example of how public infrastructure can really anchor tremendous economic growth. We can learn from history and use this time of economic challenge to conceive of equally profound infrastructure goals. From Fastlane, the blog of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood:

Muni sweeps: Show me the money!

By Cate Long
April 20, 2011

I forget that the last recession was in the mid 2000′s.

We had a short, intense credit boomlet in between that and the crash of 2008.

The hangover from the housing and financial bubble has been tremendous.

Deficits, caused by the financial crisis,  are still a serious problem in muniland.