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$217.7M Texas Budget Wins Unanimous Senate OK
March 29, 2017 A $217.7 billion budget that would require more local revenue for school funding won unanimous approval from the Texas Senate....

Bracewell Sees Room to Grow With Another Ex-SEC Attorney on Board
March 27, 2017 The public finance team at the Houston law firm of Bracewell expects to increase its appeal to bond issuers after adding...

Gas Tax Hike Touted as Boost to Kansas Economy
March 23, 2017 A 15-cent increase in Kansas fuel taxes would support $264 million per year in highway projects, boosting economic activity by...

In Texas, Liabilities are Growing in the Background
March 22, 2017 Texas lawmakers need to face four areas where long term liabilities are growing, including the funding level of its public...

Moody's Downgrades Catholic Health, Keeps Outlook Negative
March 22, 2017 Moody’s Investors Service retained a negative outlook on Catholic Health Initiatives $5.7 billion of rated debt after lowering...

Houston Mayor Sees Pension Bond Vote Requirement as 'Poison Pill'
March 21, 2017 A bill requiring a vote on $1 billion of pension bonds is a “poison pill” that could derail Houston’s efforts to restructure...

Oklahoma City Deal Highlights Triple-A Ratings Despite State's Weakness
March 20, 2017 Beset by a slumbering energy economy, Oklahoma City is counting on its top bond ratings to attract investors to $90 million of...

Health Care Costs Outpace Texas Population Growth
March 16, 2017 The cost of health care in Texas is rising faster than both the general inflation rate and the growth of the state's...

Texas Bill Would Hold Back Highway Funds to Shore Up General Fund
March 13, 2017 Texas Lawmakers would reduce voter-approved funding for the Texas Department of Transportation by $2.3 billion under a...

Registration Fees Are Key for El Paso Mobility Authority
March 13, 2017 With doubts over the future of tolling in El Paso, the Texas city's designated toll authority will issue $35 million of...

TxDOT Plans $2.5B of Urban Projects Over 4 Years
March 9, 2017 The Texas Department of Transportation will dedicate an additional $2.5 billion for 19 new projects aimed at relieving...

San Antonio Water Faces IRS Audit on $89M of Bonds
March 9, 2017 The San Antonio Water System is facing its first audit by the Internal Revenue Service in years, as the IRS examines the...

Schenken Joins Sherman & Howard Public Finance Team
March 8, 2017 Parker Schenken, a veteran public finance attorney from Nebraska, will join the public finance team at Sherman & Howard in...

Oklahoma Sees Second Positive Month for Revenue
March 8, 2017 For the second month in a row, Oklahoma reported positive revenue collections in February over the same month last year, state...

Texas Revenues Back on Plus Track
March 7, 2017 Monthly sales tax revenue registered the second-largest gain of the fiscal year in February, rising 4.4% above the same month...

Oklahoma Deals $70M to Repair Capitol After Downgrade
March 6, 2017 Oklahoma expects strong demand for $70 million of capitol repair bonds despite an S&P downgrade and continuing struggles to...

Trump's Turn to Private Jails Boosts their Bonds
March 6, 2017 President Donald Trump’s plan to rely on private prisons to house federal inmates and immigration detainees is reviving...

Kansas Must Boost School Funding, Court Rules
March 2, 2017 Amid a two-year budget shortfall of nearly $800 million, Kansas lawmakers must increase funding for public schools, the state...

Catholic Health Downgraded to BBB-Plus by S&P
March 2, 2017 Nonprofit health giant Catholic Health Initiatives fell one notch to BBB-plus on S&P Global Ratings' scale Thursday due to a...

Oklahoma Revenue Shortfalls Bring S&P Downgrade
March 1, 2017 Facing continuing revenue shortages, Oklahoma was downgraded to to AA from AA-plus by S&P Global Ratings.


How might infrastructure initiatives from President Trump affect state and municipal issuers, and the capital markets? John Hallacy and Paul Burton discuss.

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