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U.S. Mayors Hope for a 'Golden Moment' for Infrastructure
PHILADELPHIA — After the presidential election, the United States may see a "golden moment" to push for increased federal and state spending to fix America's crumbling infrastructure, according to Democratic mayors speaking a policy meeting at Philadelphia on Tuesday.  more »
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn said infrastructure means employment, citing the Port of Tampa which directly or indirectly supports 80,000 jobs.
Transit providers in 13 states will share $55 million in federal smog-busting bus grants. more »
Abstract Municipal issuer, education and utility groups are urging Republican lawmakers to maintain the tax-exemption of municipal bonds in their blueprint for tax reform. more »
Americans favor funding transportation with an increase in the federal gasoline tax dedicated to maintenance. more »
Four Ohio Congressmen are concerned that the Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department's proposed definition of a political subdivision could impede a $35 million terminal improvement project for one of the state's regional airports. more »
Gas tax collections dedicated to highway projects are expected to drop as cars become more fuel-efficient. more »
Some U.S. seaport ratings may change over next year but Fitch Ratings expects a mostly stable sector. more »
The Republican 2016 party platform calls for an end to 30 years of federal funding for public transit. more »
Two Senators have introduced a companion bill to a measure in the House that would permanently raise the annual issuer limit for issuers of bank-qualified bonds to $30 million from $10 million. more »
The U.S. Department of Transportation has set up a Build America Bureau that will combine bond, loan and grant programs to facilitate the development of transportation infrastructure projects throughout the country. more »
Strong infrastructure investment could greatly benefit the U.S. Here are numerous examples over 10 key areas. more »
DALLAS -- Opponents of a privately financed, $10 billion high-speed rail system in Texas scored a victory when the federal Surface Transportation Board declined to take jurisdiction over the proposed project. more »
Republicans delegates adopted a 2016 platform at their national convention in Cleveland that supports statehood for Puerto Rico, but not for the District of Columbia. The GOP also wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, overhaul the federal tax code, and expand the use of P3s for infrastructure projects. more »
Nearly everyone agrees that modern, well-maintained infrastructure is a huge benefit to the country, but making those investments has become politically divisive. What if that controversy didn't exist? more »

Maria Doulis of the watchdog Citizens Budget Commission and Howard Cure of Evercore Wealth Management dissect New York City's $82 billion budget with Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton. They explore efficiencies, debt management, reserves, the economy, the capital budget and Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to overhaul Health + Hospitals.

In the past 3½ years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has asserted its enforcement role considerably, in what can fairly be described as a form of direct regulation of issuers.

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