Category Archives: Municipal Debt

Is Detroit Really Rising?

I was perusing a recent article over at the Atlantic’s City edition entitled “How Detroit Is Rising,” noting the glowing opinions of various community groups in the city about their prospects. I found Detroit’s June 2011 audit from their website … Continue reading

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Interest Payments on State Government Debt, by State 2008

Apparently, Google’s chart API doesn’t work in-line with a WordPress Post, so I have to make this awful HTML link below. I pulled the data in this chart from the Census Bureau’s 2012 statistical abstract (Link here). Unfortunately, the census’s … Continue reading

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State Pension Funding Levels – What it Means for Citizens

One of the problems with the presentation of detailed financial information is that no matter how important the data is, its relevance becomes obscured by the method of presentation. I recently discovered Fusion Charts, and present information related to state … Continue reading

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Bankrupt Central Falls, RI, a “City with a Bright Future”

Bloomburg summarizes the bankruptcy filing of Central Falls, Rhode Island following the the failure of local law enforcement, firefighters, and city retirees to accept retirement benefit concessions. It marks the fifth such municipal bankruptcy this year. The city’s website still … Continue reading

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