TAG | state and local politics
The Grand Jury of San Diego issued a report of this title yesterday. Also, at yesterday’s GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) business meeting, the group voted that the Government Accounting Standards Board should stay away from the topic of sustainability. The only conclusion one can draw from the Grand Jury report is: the city of [...]
The Illinois Comptroller’s April report is scary reading. The state is $4.5 billion in arrears on payments to vendors and others (like school districts and service providers) with no end in sight. The Comptroller expects 2011 to be worse. The following chart from the report looks to me like a deteriorating structural imbalance moving towards a delicate liquidity [...]
Tight financial margins are not kind to political squabbles. In the last few weeks the city of Los Angeles has been engaged in a squabble with the city council and its utility, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The city’s mayor wants the utility to implement green power, the utility asked for [...]
We have two opposing camps in the muni-market at the moment: those who say it is the next systemic shoe to drop and the rating agencies that are systemically raising ratings.
Which is right?
We have moved from a market that has had heavy intermediation from the bond insurance companies to one where investors are on their [...]
Westfall Township, Pennsylvania filed a Chapter 9 bankruptcy petition in April, 2009 and the court confirmed a reorganization plan in March, 2010. According to the law firm that handled the case:
Westfall Township, located in Pike County, PA, was saddled with a $20 million debt due to a prior government’s mistreatment of a developer. Without the [...]
The tables below are for contextual reference as state and local governments face draconian spending cuts. The combination of public policy with the several bubble periods over the last twenty-five years has created a toxic brew. Some state and local governments are valiantly trying to tackle the issues while other legislatures and councils are more interested in [...]
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania can’t really afford to pay for the Resource Recovery bonds that it guaranteed. Their recently adopted 2010 budget does not include debt service for this guarantee (see prior post with link). It is accepted practice for rating agencies to rate municipally (or state) guaranteed debt off the credit of the guarantor. Unlike bond [...]
Several states are showing scary illiquidity. New Jersey’s governor just yesterday impounded funds the legislature had already appropriated and announced a state of emergency. He stopped short of “declaring” emergency, which would have given him special powers over contracts. New Jersey comes up high on the list of states with big budget gaps, heavy pension [...]
A blogsite, “Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis” recently aggregated a selection of news stories covering state and local government budget deficits and proposed layoffs. Click here to link to the post. There are a few differences between private sector layoff announcements and the public sector that are worth pointing out. The private sector typically announces layoff actions that are already decided. [...]
Oregon voters passed Propositions 66 and 67 yesterday which support Governor Kulongowski’s budget proposal. The following link will give you detail on the propositions, the vote, the key donors to each campaign and the groups advocating pro and con. Oregon is a high income tax state and ranks high among the states with large budget deficits and [...]