Monthly Archives: November 2011

Boomtown no more: how to save a troubled Las Vegas economy

I love Las Vegas. The massive hotel pools. The glittering lights. The clink of slot machines. Hoards of people determined to gamble (and most likely lose) their hard-earned cash. Many people say that you either love it or hate it. … Continue reading

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Super Committee failures spell bad news for state governments

Some say the Congressional “Super Committee” was doomed from the start. The committee made up of six Republicans and six Democrats, made headlines last week when it failed to reach agreement on spending cuts– triggering $1.2 billion automatic budget cuts … Continue reading

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A picture is worth a thousand words: Jefferson County’s bankruptcy mess

Last week, I talked about the big bankruptcy mess surounding Jefferson County, Alabama, which this month filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. But to really put the size of this filing in context, a picture is worth a … Continue reading

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POLL: Weigh in on the NY state “millionaire’s tax” debate

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A closer look at the NY state “millionaire’s tax” debate

New York residents got more bad budget news last week when state budget officials announced that lawmakers will need to fill a $350 million dollar budget gap this year. The bad budget news renewed debate over whether lawmakers should renew … Continue reading

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Debt is another nasty four letter word for Jefferson County, Alabama

From Europe to Washington D.C., one four little world seems to be on most politicians’ minds. Debt. Enter Jefferson County, Alabama, which facing a crippling $3 billion in debt, last week entered the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history … Continue reading

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The story behind the story

(Authors note: This is one in a series of blog posts related to business reporting class assignments.  While interesting (I hope!) they will likely not have much to do with municipal finance.) “Among life’s core assumptions is that hospitals bring … Continue reading

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