MuniLand Snaps: April 20

April 20, 2012

The Detroit Works Project is a wonderful example of a community working to revitalize itself. Good luck to the Motor City and its citizens.

MuniLand Snaps: April 19

April 19, 2012

The FBI’s National Law Enforcement Data Exchange brings together data from law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, including incident and case reports, booking and incarceration data, and parole and probation information. They make extensive data available for public use.

MuniLand Snaps: April 18

April 18, 2012

The Tax Foundation brings us a useful map of state tax collections per capita.

Good Links

Financial News: European privatization of public assets is less successful than you might think.

MuniLand Snaps: April 17

April 17, 2012


The newsroom of the Philadelphia Inquirer erupts as the news breaks that the paper has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism, the highest honor in U.S. journalism. They won for their “Assault on Learning” series. The seven-part series revealed that violence in city schools was widespread and underreported, with 30,000 serious incidents over the last five school years. Those findings were later corroborated by a Philadelphia School District blue-ribbon panel on safety, spurred an overhaul of incident reporting in the district, and prompted the hiring of a state-funded safe-schools advocate.

MuniLand Snaps: April 16

April 16, 2012

Seattle is starting construction on the First Hill Streetcar this month with plans to begin operation in early 2014. Hat tip: Seattle Bike Blog.

MuniLand Snaps: April 12

April 12, 2012

Reuters’ David Cay Johnston has a stunning story about the 16 states that allow 2,700 companies to withhold state income taxes from their employees and pocket the money instead of turning it over to the state treasuries. His story helps explain the low level of corporate tax collections by states. A must-read for muniland.

MuniLand Snaps: April 11

April 11, 2012

After being briefed on the Chicago mayor’s infrastructure trust proposal, some aldermen say they have more questions than answers. WTTW of Chicago got the reaction of those responsible for approving the trust that will privatize many of Chicago’s public assets. Here is the proposed Infrastructure Trust Ordinance from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office.

MuniLand Snaps: April 10

April 10, 2012

Data from the CDC: Teen birth rates in 2009 by state per 1,000 girls aged 15-19 years. Teen birth rates were lowest in the Northeast and upper Midwest and highest across the South and Southwest. On first glance it seems that politically conservative states have higher teen birth rates. Hat tip: Richard Florida.

MuniLand Snaps: April 9

April 9, 2012

In honor of next Tuesday’s deadline to file your taxes with the IRS, check out this excellent map from the Tax Foundation.

MuniLand Snaps: April 5

April 5, 2012

As you watch this video of Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson trying to justify why she is suing City Controller Dan Miller over a relatively minor issue, you can understand the high level of political dysfunction in the busted capital of Pennsylvania.