MuniLand Snaps: March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012

Rather than addressing the nation’s huge fiscal and economic problems, Congress is blowing a lot of hot air about contraception. Here is a map of states requiring coverage and an excellent backgrounder on the issue from the Council of State Governments.

MuniLand Snaps: March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012

A muni health checkup for Q1 2012 via Van Eck Global. I really like mutual funds doing multimedia, but I’d suggest more graphs, charts and visuals. Pictures help tell muniland’s complex story.

MuniLand Snaps: February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012

We build public projects, and we tear them down. Watch an explosive breach of Condit Dam from Andy Maser (hat tip: Gizmondo)

MuniLand Snaps: February 28, 2012

February 28, 2012

State income tax rates range from zero percent in seven states to 8.95 percent in the District of Columbia. Via the Tax Foundation

MuniLand Snaps: February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012

Via the OK Policy blog:

Is Texas beating Oklahoma because it lacks an income tax? That’s been a common argument made by proponents of eliminating Oklahoma’s personal income tax. But a new animated video from OK Policy busts the myths about our rivals to the south.

MuniLand Snaps: February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012

This Land — a new voice from the middle of America.

Good Links

The Consumerist: 35,000 pink slips are in the mail for USPS employees

Merrill Healthcare Experts: Can we afford to cut Medicaid?

Reuters: U.S. muni bond fund inflows of $883 million in latest week — Lipper

Bloomberg: California does another private loan, this one for $1 billion

Sacramento Bee: Stockton may be first test of California’s new bankruptcy law

Hartford Courant: 3 cities, one well-connected law firm

Pennsylvania Treasury: State revenues are 3.5 percent short of estimate

USA Today: Missouri legislation may require that revenue bonds be insured

Today’s the day Harrisburg: Residents file an emergency order against receiver

MuniLand Snaps: February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012


David Unkovic, the receiver of bankrupt Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, talks about the current fiscal condition of the city and what his plans are to get it on better footing. Source: Face the State, Channel 2 News

MuniLand Snaps: February 22, 2012

February 22, 2012

From the Energy Information Administration: Natural gas pipeline capacity additions in 2011. Stateline has a related story asking what record low prices for natural gas mean for states?

MuniLand Snaps: February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012

Former U.S. Senator Alan Simpson on the nation’s fiscal sustainability: “We’re the healthiest horse in the glue factory.” In a wide-ranging interview with Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland last week, Simpson said the United States is on the same track as Europe’s weakest countries and is destined to experience a full-blown debt crisis. Simpson, known for his blunt talk, has been waving this flag for some time.

MuniLand Snaps: February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012

Texas State Representative Jerry Madden (R) describes how well-structured programs can help break the cycle of prisoner recidivism by improving family self-sufficiency. Some claim that voluntary home visitation programs can also yield long-term savings for taxpayers. Source: Pew Center on the States