California Gov. Jerry Brown Got the Budget He Wanted
California Governor Jerry Brown scored a win on the budget he signed Monday in efforts to convince legislators to continue to restrain spending.  more »
Two of Gov. Jerry Brown's favorite projects -- building a high-speed rail system and a pair of massive tunnels under the Delta -- face a serious threat if California voters pass a measure heading for the November ballot.  more »
Decades of fiscal restraint have put L.A. County in a better position to step up spending to address homelessness, prison overcrowding and other social needs.  more »
Money for public schools, the University of Alaska and scholarships got chopped Wednesday when Gov. Bill Walker took his veto pen to the Legislature's state budget.  more »
OAKLAND -- Alameda County voters in November will vote on an affordable housing measure that county leaders say will help poor families, first-time homebuyers, the homeless and veterans.  more »
Novato voters in November will have the chance to approve a $222 million bond measure to finance repairs, upgrades and new furniture in city schools.  more »
The anticipated merger of two West Coast hospital systems will not impact their AA-minus bond ratings, according to a S&P Global Ratings report.  more »
TURLOCK -- Voters within the Turlock Unified School District boundaries will be asked in November to approve higher property taxes to secure campuses and upgrade classrooms. Making room for rising enrollment and building a new Turlock High science wing also appear on the list of projects.  more »
After the federal government recently fined a prominent former superintendent for allegedly playing both sides in several school financial deals, a review by The Bee shows that many Valley school districts don't have safeguards to prevent possible conflicts of interest. And because these districts don't police these possible conflicts, well-connected contractors can reap hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds.  more »
Montana's rainy-day fund, which neared $360 million a year ago, could fall as low as $163 million by next summer, fueling debate between Gov. Steve Bullock and his Republican challenger Greg Gianforte about how best to manage the state's informal savings account.  more »
California Treasurer John Chiang reassured Californians that he is monitoring the impact of Brexit on state finances.  more »
Property owners paying off the Yakima School District's 2009 high school construction bonds will save a combined $5.6 million over the next 12 years thanks to recent refinancing.  more »
Glendale Community College officials have started to explore the feasibility of asking voters to pass a multimillion dollar bond to upgrade campus facilities, nearly 15 years after the college passed its last bond.  more »
A major bond rating service says it's going to consider upgrading Maryville's rating after voters approved the sales tax increase.  more »

Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, joins Bond Buyer Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett to talk about the surge in NYC’s population and corresponding employment growth and why economic growth is dependent upon affordable housing for workers.

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