MuniLand Snaps: July 12

By Cate Long
July 12, 2012

Newport Beach, California, one of the nation’s richest communities, has one of the scariest police recruiting videos you can imagine. Many have warned about the militarization of community police, and this is a perfect illustration. In contrast the Decatur, Georgia recruiting video has a focus on empathy and working with members of the community. (Hattip OC Weekly)

MuniLand Snaps: July 11

By Cate Long
July 11, 2012

The Tax Foundation put together this chart on changes in property tax rates.

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Bond Buyer: Obama’s tax extension proposal for high earners would boost muni demand

MuniLand Snaps: July 10

By Cate Long
July 10, 2012

The Kaiser Family Foundation provides a useful map of spending by state on Medicaid, and Reform+Medicaid spells out the reasons that some states are rejecting Obama’s Medicaid expansion.

MuniLand Snaps: July 9

By Cate Long
July 9, 2012

A well-to-do city outside Atlanta incorporated and privatized most of the municipal services it provides. More from conservative think tank Reason.

MuniLand Snaps: July 5

By Cate Long
July 5, 2012

The Big Bay Boom Fireworks Show in San Diego for 2012 was a “Big Bay Bust.” There was a technical problem and all of the fireworks went off within 30 seconds. The original Big Bay Boom was set to last about 15 minutes. (from  at YouTube)

MuniLand Snaps: July 3

By Cate Long
July 3, 2012

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Happy 4th of July! Listen to an archival recording of Senator John F. Kennedy reading the Declaration of Independence in its entirety. It was made for New York radio station WQXR’s 1957 July 4th observance (via LearnOutAloud.com).

MuniLand Snaps: July 2

By Cate Long
July 2, 2012

 

From the Tax Foundation:

The growth of state government spending over the past decade. These percentages show the growth in direct spending between 2000 and 2010, in real dollars per capita (to eliminate the effects of population growth and inflation). Oklahoma leads the pack with a 74% increase in state government spending over ten years; Alaska, whose state government only grew 17% faster than its population, is at the bottom.

MuniLand Snaps: June 29

By Cate Long
June 29, 2012

NPR: Saving California state parks: The end of public funding?

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Reuters: U.S. recovery varies greatly by state, county and city

GovTech: Dynamic maps track Colorado wildfires

AP: New California budget crafted to influence voters

University of Chicago: Building America’s new generation of arts facilities

MuniLand Snaps: June 28

By Cate Long
June 28, 2012

A month ago Marianne Russ of Marketplace Money did this story about the residents of nearly bankrupt Stockton, California. Generally they are committed to their city, but many say they may move away regardless.

MuniLand Snaps: June 27

By Cate Long
June 27, 2012

The number of millionaires ebbs and flows with the economic cycle (via the Tax Foundation).