Green Shoots & Leaves

Star Telegram – Budget recommendations being prepared for Texas lawmakers are expected to call for eliminating at least 8,000 state jobs, officials said Thursday.

JS Online -Unified Solutions Inc., in Pleasant Prairie, is shutting down part of its operations and cutting 228 jobs. The company said Friday it lost a large contract renewal resulting in the permanent layoffs.

Global Economic Analysis – A former Swiss banker was on Monday due to hand over files to WikiLeaks which he alleges detail attempts by wealthy business leaders and lawmakers to evade tax payments.

Fox Business – The black swan events of 2011?

Talking Points Memo – At least 10 states have introduced gold coins as currency bills

SF Gate – San Francisco’s public schools will loan public radio’s KALW up to $200,000 to keep the struggling station financially afloat even as the district faces its own financial woes and major cutbacks.

Minyanville – Unemployment in the US is actually worse thank in Pakistan     **HT J.M. Heinrichs

The Baltimore Sun – Municipal bonds traditionally have been a refuge for the risk-averse, as many are backed by the full faith and credit of state and local governments, but those same investors lately have been bailing out at a record rate.    **HT J.M. Heinrichs

Constitutional Tender – Go over and have a look at the good work these folks are doing     **HT J.M. Heinrichs

Zero Hedge – Is the iron fist control of China’s central government becoming unhinged?       **HT J.M. Heinrichs

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