The Detroit City Council has been advised to push for another consent agreement with the state to fix the city's financial crisis rather than the state appointment of an emergency financial manager, according to a report jointly issued by two council departments.
Total borrowing costs for cities, counties and states could increase by more than 50 percent if the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds is repealed as part of the ongoing budget talks on Capitol Hill, a new report has found.
At issue is whether the act’s Section 5 provision, which requires all or part of 16 states to get any changes to election law pre-approved by either the Justice Department or a federal court, is still necessary and constitutional in today’s world.
Source: Politico | Maricopa County, Ariz. |
February 28, 2013
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio says he has a solution for the federal government’s mass release of illegal immigrants to cut costs ahead of the sequester: Send them for free to his “Tent City," where prisoners sleep in tents and are required to wear pink underwear.
Source: Newark Star-Ledger | New Jersey |
February 27, 2013
After conditionally vetoing the bill earlier, Gov. Chris Christie signed a measure allowing internet gambling in Atlantic City, a move his administration expects to provide a lifeline to the struggling seaside resort.