Watchdog: Borrowing Trouble – Chicago Tribune series

A great series finished last month on the Chicago Public Schools district’s engagement in complex bond deals, the lack of public oversight, and the high costs of many of those deals. I’ve been researching interest rate swaps for over a year, and I’m impressed with the thoroughness of the reporting …

Detroit loses power, literally.

Detroit — A widespread power outage Tuesday that caused evacuations of buildings throughout downtown is “another reminder of how much work we still have to do to rebuild the city,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. Duggan, speaking at an afternoon press conference, said Detroit is in the early stages of a …

Kansas cuts taxes, guess what happens next?

There may be even bigger challenges coming. In addition to the likelihood the state will face another unpleasant revenue surprise in the spring, a pending court decision could obligate the legislature to add hundreds of millions of dollars a year to state aid to school districts. And bond rating agencies, …

IMF critiqued internally for austerity response

BY ANNA YUKHANANOVWASHINGTON Tue Nov 4, 2014 Reuters – The International Monetary Fund ignored its own research and pushed too early for richer countries to trim budgets after the global financial crisis, the IMFs internal auditor said on Tuesday. The Washington-based multilateral lender, concerned about high debt levels and large …

We’re not in Kansas anymore – or are we?

Great clip from the Daily Show about tax cut strategies gone wrong, prompting Kansas Republicans to endorse the Democratic opponent of Sam Brownback, the current Republican Governor. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook

“The Social Geographies of Recession and Austerity”

I just stumbled on this great list of resources from early this year, on a blog by Alison Stenning: Some really great blogs have emerged over the past few years as people have tried to document their own, and others’, struggles with austerity.  There’s an article about some of these blogs here. These are …

What it means to privatize the justice system

Great article about the consequences of turning over parts of the criminal justice system to private, for-profit companies. How do the companies make money? By charging offenders on probation for their own monitoring, and by racking up fines and interest charges on the cost of traffic tickets and small court …

The ongoing saga of wealthy Brooklynites

(Leaving the connection between austerity and gentrification/displacement to the reader…) This is one of the seemingly never-ending series of New York Times articles about wealthy young people having to leave uber-hip neighborhoods for new, cheaper destinations (like Queens and Jersey!). I read the Times pretty faithfully, and these articles never …