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Judge Clears Scranton, Pa., to Triple Local Services Tax
A judge in Lackawanna County, Pa., cleared distressed city Scranton to triple its local services tax.  more »
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Massachusetts local, regional and agency public pension systems should transfer their assets to the state-run PRIM board, said a Pioneer Institute report.  more »
Howard University and Rhode Island-based vendor Corvias say their 40-year deal to renovate school halls will change the face of public-private partnerships.  more »
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- The city council Thursday night moved the Solomon Creek wall repair and a debt restructuring deal a step closer with a narrow 3-2 vote.  more »
Moody's Investors Service said it has upgraded to Aa1 from Aa2 the general obligation rating of the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank's 1988 general resolution debt. Concurrently, Moody's has assigned an Aa1 rating to the VMBB's 2017 bonds, consisting of $30.8 million 2017 Series 1 Bonds and $5.5 million 2017 Series 2 Bonds (green bonds). …  more »
Officials from New York’s MTA have discussed delays to the reconstruction of the No. 1 Cortlandt Street station – destroyed on 9/11 – with contractor Judlau.  more »
The Albany city government could lose important state funding under New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed fiscal 2018 budget.  more »
Philadelphia's sugary beverage tax generated more than double the tax revenues projected in its first month.  more »
Rhode Island Auditor Dennis Hoyle said he would probe expenses related to contractors and vendors connected to the failed United Healthcare Infrastructure Project computer system.  more »
Senior holders of Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corp. (COFINA) bonds filed a motion Wednesday to become involved in a court case that pits their interests against those of the commonwealth’s general obligation bond holders.  more »
Some New York State lawmakers are pushing for a public vote on a proposed $5 billion bond to fund water infrastructure improvements.  more »
Rhode Island’s pension fund earned $117 million in investment gains in January, Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced at a State Investment Commission meeting.  more »
Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg named Sue Perez and Sarah Kim deputy treasurers.  more »
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Hoping the third time will be the charm, Mayor Tony George and his administration presented city council with a new debt restructuring proposal this week.  more »

Ohio University sports financing expert and former player agent Bob Boland sifts through the messy issue of bond financing for NFL stadiums and franchise relocation with Bond Buyer northeast regional editor Paul Burton.

As we await details of the new administration’s infrastructure plans, we must continue to demonstrate the strengths of the tax-exempt municipal market that we have today.

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