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Kansas Revenues Rebound in February
Kansas surpassed its revenue forecast for February by $22 million, bolstering Gov. Sam Brownback's position that tax cuts are leading to economic growth.
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Arkansas's February revenues ran 3% higher than the same month in 2014 and 7% above the budget forecast, according to state officials.  more »
The Denver suburb of Littleton can no longer use tax-increment financing or eminent domain without voter approval after passage of a ballot initiative March 3.  more »
Phoenix voters will consider a plan to fund $33 billion of transportation programs through 2050 with a 0.72-cent sales tax.  more »
Tulsa Public Schools won 80% approval for its record $415 million bond proposal that will help the inner-city district compete with its suburban rivals.  more »
JPMorgan, ranked second among senior managers last year, is losing about six mid- and senior level public finance bankers through a mix of departures, retirements, and one cut, according to industry sources.  more »
LaSalle County, Texas, is trying to take over operation of a for-profit prison after the private operator quit its contract for the damaged facility.  more »
Dallas will bring one of its largest refunding deals to market with $579 million of water and sewer bonds that carry ratings near the top of the scale.  more »
A Texas lawmaker is seeking to ban the use of capital appreciation bonds in the state and require more disclosure about outstanding debt on bond ballots.  more »
With nine bills in the Legislature seeking to curtail the development of turnpikes in Texas, opponents see a chance to alleviate "toll fatigue."  more »
The Texas Transportation Commission authorized contracts for $2 billion of road and bridge projects, including $1.74 billion approved by voters Nov. 4.  more »
Utah Sen. Kevin Van Tassel's bill to increase Utah fuel taxes by 10 cents per gallon is gathering support and clearing legislative hurdles as the Beehive State seeks to keep up with transportation needs.  more »
The doubling of Oklahoma's revenue shortfall to $600 billion is “the latest data point in a credit-negative trend,” according to Moody's Investors Service.  more »
The Texas State University System combined new money and refunding in a $314.8 million issue that drew attractive yields for the issuer.  more »

The dialogue over tax reform provides an opening for state and local governments to educate members of Congress and their staff about municipal bonds, how they work and what they do.

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