Bernanke and Buffett blowing HOT AIR??????
Isn't the recession over?????
WASHINGTON (CNNMoney.com) -- In another ominous sign for state budgets nationwide, state and local governments reported another drop in overall tax revenue on Tuesday.
General sales tax, individual income tax and corporate income tax were all down in the third quarter of 2009, resulting in an overall 6.7% drop in total tax revenue, compared to the same quarter in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
This is the fourth consecutive quarter in which tax revenue collection has fallen.
The one bright spot was property tax collection, which showed a slight increase of 3.5%, compared to the same quarter in 2008.
Property taxes up while property values down????? Receipts would have been down double digits but for inflated property taxes.
AND FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING FOR BUFFETT AS GUIDANCE......
Rail Jobs Sink to New LowMid-November U.S. workforce down 1,923 from month earlier
The U.S. lines of the seven Class I freight railroads cut 1,923 jobs in the month to mid-November, leaving their combined workforce at a new low of 147,097.
Reports the carriers submitted to the Surface Transportation Board show most of the cuts coming in track maintenance crews. That job category accounted for 33,561 employees at mid-November, down from 34,622 at the same point in October.
The largest rail jobs category – train and engine workers – also shrank in the run-up to the Thanksgiving holiday period. Class I carriers trimmed their T&E force to 56,447 from 57,198 a month earlier.
In all, the November STB report shows the fourth straight monthly decline since a brief gain in rail jobs in July, when new and tighter work-hour rules took hold.
The latest total is down from 149,020 workers the Class Is reported for October, 159,511 in January and 163,020 in November 2008.
The STB requires the largest group of railroads to report their workforce as of the first payroll of each month. The companies then have until month’s end to mail in those figures, and the agency assembles them into a single report.
The agency also ranks each month’s total against the average for a base year of 1967, when the report began. Back then, Class I rail employment averaged around 600,000. The latest level is just 24.1 percent of the 1967 average, and down from 26.2 percent at the start of 2009 after the big railroads cut jobs almost steadily through the year.
For November, BNSF Railway with the second-largest rail workforce made the largest job cuts. Others trimming their payrolls were Union Pacific Railroad, the largest employer, plus CSX Transportation and the U.S. units of Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway.
HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. BN made the largest job cuts?????
Looks like war or a major terrorist incident is about to break out real soon. Otherwise, how are these guys going to explain their lying???