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Municipal bankruptcy news

Jefferson County, Alabama recently declared bankruptcy, in the largest US municipal bankruptcy to date. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has also sought bankruptcy this year although just a few days ago (thanks, Kenyatta) the U.S. Bankruptcy Court denied its filing. In both cases, infrastructure investment was one of the factors involved (sewer system in Jefferson County, incinerator in Harrisburg).  Here is a useful “explainer” from Stateline.org on what is actually entailed when a local government goes bankrupt.

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Municipal bankruptcy news

Jefferson County, Alabama recently declared bankruptcy, in the largest US municipal bankruptcy to date. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has also sought bankruptcy this year although just a few days ago the U.S. Bankruptcy Court denied its filing. In both cases, infrastructure investment was one of the factors involved (sewer system in Jefferson County, incinerator in Harrisburg).  Here is a useful “explainer” from Stateline.org on what is actually entailed when a local government goes bankrupt.

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Pipelines to Potholes: America’s Ailing Infrastructure | WBUR and NPR – On Point with Tom Ashbrook

This segment on infrastructure touches on so many aspects of public budgeting and finance and PA generally, I had to share it with you. Budgeting for uncertain risks…capital budgeting…the web of intergovernmental and private sector relationships…challenges of privatization/contracting out…the role of nonprofits/advocacy groups as Lindblom’s “value watchdogs”…regulation…government as insurer of last resort…see if you can relate the conversation to these themes…

Pipelines to Potholes: America’s Ailing Infrastructure | WBUR and NPR – On Point with Tom Ashbrook
http://www.onpointradio.org/2010/09/infrastructure-pipelines

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Timebomb, anyone? Or, if you prefer, change in issue salience that may drive policy/expenditure?

In light of our discussion tonight…how do we budget for timebombs…is it another way to look at regulation/inspection expenditure….

Fatal Pipeline Accident Turns Attention to Nation’s Aging Pipelines
http://www.propublica.org/blog/item/fatal-pipeline-accident-turns-attention-to-nations-aging-pipelines

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Chattanooga champions celerity of computer communication

Interesting news in regional economic development.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/13/technology/13broadband.html

TECHNOLOGY
Fastest Net Service in U.S. Coming to Chattanooga
By STEVE LOHR
Published: September 12, 2010

The service will put a midsize Southern city among the world leaders in digital technology, but the speed will be expensive.

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