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WASHINGTON Capping the tax exemption for municipal bonds over a nine-year period would have cost state and local governments roughly $175 billion in additional borrowing costs, while a full repeal would have cost them nearly $500 billion more, state and local officials warned Tuesday. more »
Republicans this week said they are working toward a continuing resolution to fund the federal government through March 31 instead of a full-year appropriations bill, a decision that disappointed Democrats and several GOP members. more »
An oversaturated casino market is making gambling a less appealing method to bring in revenues for state and local governments, a panel of state officials and policy analysts said here on Wednesday. more »
President-elect Donald Trumps ambitious infrastructure plan and proposed widespread tax cuts will require issuers to adjust to a changing economic climate to maintain credit stability, S&P Global Ratings said Monday. more »
As government leaders both nationally and in Puerto Rico enter transition periods after last weeks elections, Treasury is reminding officials both old and new to give a high priority to assistance for the commonwealth. more »
The par amount of municipal trades continued to grow in the third quarter of 2016, reaching a three-year high and beating the total from the third quarter a year ago by more than 50%, according to recently released Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board statistics. more »
Here are some of the key "known unknowns" factors that are likely to affect valuations and creditworthiness and functioning in the state and local finance sector as the Trump Administration and Congress sort them out.