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Southwest Bond Volume Reached Record in 2016
With a strong, fourth-quarter kick, bond volume in the Southwest set a second consecutive record at $83.4 billion, surpassing the 2015 total by 7.2%, according to data from Thomson Reuters.  more »
A new method of appraising big box retail stores known as "Dark Store Theory" could cost local governments billions of dollars in lost property tax value, according to the Texas Comptroller's office.  more »
New construction, renovations and additions to current facilities will be considered in a $85 million bond package for Burleson, Texas, voters to approve in May.  more »
Voter turnout for the Stillwater, Okla., Public Schools bond election on Tuesday was down considerably over the previous two bond elections.  more »
Houston's Uptown Development Authority and the economic development zone that feeds it were created in violation of the Texas Constitution, two critics allege in a lawsuit that seeks to void all resulting actions and block Uptown from collecting or spending another dime.  more »
ENID, Okla. -- Voters decided several area school elections on Tuesday.  more »
A bond issue for a classroom wing failed at Keys Public School, Okla., while a bond issue for buses passed in Wagoner.  more »
Texas Central Rail has dropped eminent domain lawsuits due to “positive dialogue” with many landowners.  more »
Dickinson County, Kan., residents who want to vote on whether or not the county should build a new Justice Center have 30 days to draw up a petition forcing an election.  more »
Midwestern State University is ready for some football -- namely a football stadium.  more »
The Southside Independent School District board of trustees approved a $59.8 million bond question for the May 6 ballot during the same Thursday night meeting that the Texas Education Agency introduced the district's new conservator and produced a timeline for taking over the district.  more »
Carlsbad Municipal Schools, N.M., will postpone planning for an elementary school to replace Monterrey and Sunset Elementary schools after a $25 million bond was voted down by the public Tuesday.  more »
Garland ISD, Texas's $455 million bond program is on a course that would take it tens of millions over budget because of changes made without the school board's approval, the project manager said this week.  more »
The economy of Texas would take a severe hit if the Trump administration erects trade barriers with Mexico, local and state officials told the Texas Public Finance Conference.  more »

What does the muni market have in store for us in 2017 after a record breaking year issuance-wise in 2016? Kevin Dunphy, managing director and head of public finance for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, talks about the overall outlook for the muni market, what he sees for issuance in 2017, and addresses shrinking underwriter spreads and what, if anything, can be done to increase those margins. Hosted by Aaron Weitzman.

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