MuniLand Snaps: January 12, 2012

By Cate Long
January 12, 2012

It’s that time of year, when governors are giving their “state of the state” speeches. Here is Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels giving his eighth and final address on Jan. 10, 2012. Bloomberg reports that the governor promoted his legislation to exempt non-union employees from paying dues when working alongside union workers. The Pew Center on the States has a list of the full text and video of all state-of-the-state speeches.

MuniLand Snaps: January 11, 2012

By Cate Long
January 11, 2012

The special-interest group Building America’s Future is pushing for transportation funding to remain unchanged as Congress gears up to debate a new surface transportation bill. BAF is running this ad in primary states, presumably under the assumption that advertising in primary states is the most cost-effective way to influence legislation. Source: The Hill

MuniLand Snaps: January 10, 2012

By Cate Long
January 10, 2012

Code for America is a non-profit incubator providing a place to develop new and unique civic projects that take advantage of the web. It’s been described as a “Peace Corps for geeks.” Its tagline is: “Helping governments work better for everyone with the people and the power of the web.” Code for America is taking applications for fellowships now.

MuniLand Snaps: January 9, 2012

By Cate Long
January 9, 2012

Alaska has a land mass one-fifth the size of the continental United States. Watch the video to see how the Alaska State Legislature uses technology to reach citizens in remote parts of the state.

MuniLand Snaps: January 6, 2012

By Cate Long
January 6, 2012

America is a big country and data for the economy is not always perfect. Here are two data sets for new employment. From Conor Sen.

MuniLand Snaps: January 5, 2012

By Cate Long
January 5, 2012

The United States plows along at a 1.5% average growth rate. Meanwhile state tax revenues are coming in much stronger. Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

MuniLand Snaps: January 4, 2012

By Cate Long
January 4, 2012

The City of Chicago mashes up information about snow removal, and throws in some social media coolness, too. Source: GovTech

MuniLand Snaps: January 3, 2012

By Cate Long
January 3, 2012

Start 2012 with an excellent 8 minute video on the opportunities and stumbling blocks ahead for muniland. Source: Bloomberg

MuniLand Snaps: December 30, 2011

By Cate Long
December 30, 2011

The drop in mortgage rates never seems to stop. Source: Freddie Mac

Best wishes to all for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2012. Muniland had a very good 2011 and everyone will be working hard to right the fiscal ship in 2012.

MuniLand Snaps: December 29, 2011

By Cate Long
December 29, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy produces some great data visualizations. The image above relates to installations of “smart meters” for electrical use.