MuniLand Snaps: March 19, 2012

By Cate Long
March 19, 2012

A sad view of Harrrisburg, Pennsylvania, via the Reason Foundation.

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Governing: U.S. releases final rule on the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act

MuniLand Snaps: March 16, 2012

By Cate Long
March 16, 2012


Another great map from the Tax Foundation.

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Reuters: U.S. municipal bond funds report $698 million inflows, around half the amount of last week

MuniLand Snaps: March 15, 2012

By Cate Long
March 15, 2012

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and others are paying for this ad on pension reform. Change is sweeping the nation.

MuniLand Snaps: March 13, 2012

By Cate Long
March 13, 2012

From the Tax Foundation, this map on state gasoline tax rates speaks for itself.

MuniLand Snaps: March 12, 2012

By Cate Long
March 12, 2012

The National Cherry Blossom Festival runs from Mar. 20 to Apr. 27. Washington, D.C. has an enormous event, but check your local area — there could be something there, too.

MuniLand Snaps: March 9, 2012

By Cate Long
March 9, 2012

 

If you live in Alaska, you pay $1.07 in taxes on a gallon of beer, the highest amount in the nation according to the Tax Foundation.

MuniLand Snaps: March 8, 2012

By Cate Long
March 8, 2012

A woman wins a million dollars in the state lottery but still feels she’s justified to keep receiving food stamps. A local reporter tracks her down and confronts her. Although this discrepancy was extreme, I expect we will see government placing a higher burden of proof on welfare recipients to demonstrate need as state and local budgets tighten and the federal dollars that flow to them shrink. There will be less to go around, and the threshold for receiving welfare benefits will be higher.

MuniLand Snaps: March 7, 2012

By Cate Long
March 7, 2012

Bob Nelson, the product manager for Thomson Reuters MMD/TM3,  tweeted out this chart last night with the comment “AAA 10yr ratios went from 85% to 125% as supply ramped up in 2H 2011. vis. supply now highest since mid-Nov.” Translation: Municipal bonds are still expensive, although there has been a ton of new supply. Demand for municipal debt is massive and has disrupted the typical supply-demand relationship.

MuniLand Snaps: March 6, 2012

By Cate Long
March 6, 2012


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Scott Hodge of the Tax Foundation discusses the states with the highest and lowest business taxes. More background here via the Tax Foundation.

MuniLand Snaps: March 5, 2012

By Cate Long
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