Muni sweeps: Education reform for Illinois

By Cate Long
May 13, 2011

Happy Friday all!

Illinois passes landmark education reform

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Illinois state legislature has passed a substantial education reform bill. The legislation severely restrains the power of the teachers’ unions:

Muni sweeps: “Picture a better America”

By Cate Long
May 3, 2011

American City and County reports on a wonderful photo campaign launched by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) to highlight America’s crumbling infrastructure.

Muni sweeps: Municipal unrest

By Cate Long
May 2, 2011

Mayors take out the pitchforks

William Alden of Huffington Post writes about a “testy” encounter between mayors and federal officials. The federal dollars for municipalities from the American Recovery Act have basically ended and revenues for state and local governments remain weak. We should expect to see more of this.

Muni sweeps: Going once… going twice…

By Cate Long
April 21, 2011

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Kentucky sells assets on eBay

The Lexington Herald Leader reports that Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has put up two aged planes from the states fleet of 15 for sale on eBay.

Muni sweeps: Christie’s battles are not credit positive

By Cate Long
April 13, 2011
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We are a nation of states with differing political cultures and leaders.  Loud leaders and quiet leaders.

Muniland “dumb money”

By Cate Long
April 11, 2011

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There has been a lot of speculation about the intensity of municipal mutual fund outflows. Investors have headed for the exit for the last 21 weeks. Does this exodus give us an accurate read on the health of the municipal securities market?

Muni sweeps

By Cate Long
April 8, 2011

It’s Friday and America keeps chugging along.

We have no Federal budget, we are possibly shutting down the federal government and our national credit card is nearly maxed out.