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The second bond-rating upgrade in 10 months for New Britain, Conn., is further proof the city is moving in the right direction, said Mayor Erin Stewart.  more »
"We've set the bar high for other Connecticut cities," said New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.
A master plan approved by Rutgers University last year to expand and upgrade the infrastructure of New Jersey’s flagship public higher education institution by 2030 is already taking shape.  more »
Puerto Rico employment levels declined in September from August, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  more »
ATLANTIC CITY -- Mayor Don Guardian released a plan Thursday to pay off the crushing casino tax-appeal debt that has all but strangled his city, but it was unclear what terms it may have reached with its largest taxpayer, Borgata Hotel Casino.  more »
Bonds that funded the stalled minor-league baseball stadium in Hartford, Conn., could appeal to investors with appetite for risk, said Richard Larkin of Stoever Glass.  more »
The Philadelphia School District's improved credit outlook is already paying dividends.  more »
STONINGTON, Conn. -- The town announced Thursday that it has sold $17.2 million in bonds for the first part of the $67 million elementary school renovation and expansion project and wrapped the borrowing for $2.2 million Mystic River Boathouse Park project into the bonding to save administrative costs.  more »
The Carroll County, Md., Board of Commissioners approved a $14 million bond resolution on Thursday to finance a series of public improvement projects around the county.  more »
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested on federal corruption and bribery charges.  more »
Municipal analysts reject Puerto Rico's claim it can't pay any debt service in the next 10 years without federal help.  more »
The former head of the Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt bond office says TEB is ignoring alleged violations on a financing for a Syracuse mall that benefited from breaks sought by Hillary Clinton.  more »
Underperforming pension systems and limited state flexibility are pressuring Massachusetts municipalities, said S&P.  more »
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Even if voters approve it on Nov. 8, the city's $40-million infrastructure improvement bond is probably dead, after the City Council's Finance Committee voted unanimously Tuesday night to recommend the full council withdraw its support for the bond.  more »
Construction resumed on a minor-league baseball stadium in Hartford, Conn., after city officials finalized an agreement for surety provider Arch Insurance to finish the project.  more »

James Colby, Senior Municipal Strategist and author of the Muni Nation blog at Van Eck, stopped by The Bond Buyer recently to chat with Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett about municipal market performance. He also discussed the stability of munis versus other asset classes, muni bond fund inflows versus money market fund outflows, muni exchange traded funds, and what to expect in the last quarter the year.

The SEC's MCDC initiative is causing many municipal issuers and underwriters to change the way they do things.

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