Bankruptcy should be considered one possble option – to be evaluated along with other alternatives – for the City of New Orleans and other Louisiana communities facing fiscal distress, according to a study released by two local public policy organizations.
Month: April 2006
Domestic net migration is an important trend to watch as an indicator of regional, state and local economic health. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released its report on domestic migration for the period 2000-2004.
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is asking municipal employees to take a pay cut and contribute more to their health care as part of his plan to reduce the city’s budget deficit. Things continue to get tougher in a city already facing serious financial challenges.
Dallas recently launched a “new and improved” version of its city web site. The redesigned site features more intuitive organization, more emphasis on city news and events, and easier access to online services.
Looking for updated state and regional state economic data and commentary? The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) publishes quarterly profiles that include statistics, analysis and trends in state demographics, housing, labor force and banking data and more.
The Will County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office recently launched an innovative service that sends an email message to registered users when a crime, traffic incident, or other public safety issue occurs. Residents ?and anyone else who signs up for the free service – can specify the types of alerts they want to receive, and can also indicate their towns or villages of interest in their user profile.
Louisiana and Michigan were the only two states with a decline in employment between February 2005 and February 2006, according to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics news release. Nevada, Idaho, and Arizona showed the greatest annual percentage gains in employment for the year.