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Refunding Saves SAWS $55 Million Since October
February 24, 2017 The San Antonio Water System has saved $55 million through bond refunding since October, officials for public utility said.

Tax Battle in Kansas Leads to Veto, Failed Override
February 23, 2017 Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that could have raised $1 billion over two years withstood an attempted override in...

Closing of Navajo Coal-Fired Plant Called Positive for Operator
February 21, 2017 A decision to close the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is a positive credit factor for its operator and co-owners,...

Dallas Convention Hotel Debt Falls to Baa1
February 21, 2017 Moody's Investors Service downgraded Dallas' convention center hotel debt one notch to Baa1 but left the city's general...

'Dark Store Theory' Seen as Threat to Texas Tax Bases
February 17, 2017 A new method of appraising big box retail stores known as "Dark Store Theory" could cost local governments billions of dollars...

Southwest Bond Volume Reached Record in 2016
February 13, 2017 With a strong, fourth-quarter kick, bond volume in the Southwest set a second consecutive record at $83.4 billion, surpassing...

Warnings that Trashing NAFTA Could Damage Texas Economy
February 9, 2017 The economy of Texas would take a severe hit if the Trump administration erects trade barriers with Mexico, local and state...

Fallin Calls for Infrastructure Bonds, Tax Hike for Roads
February 7, 2017 In a far-reaching state-of-the-state address, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin called for a $350 million bond program to finance...

Texas Bond Industry Seeks Guidance in Year of Upheaval
February 7, 2017 In a year that promises dramatic changes, government officials and leaders in municipal finance will consider how to adjust to...

State Budget Cut Negative for New Mexico Schools
February 7, 2017 New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez's signature on Senate Bill 114 is a negative credit factor for the state's schools, according...

Texas Hospitals Face a Fiscal Cliff
February 6, 2017 In a critical year for the Texas health-care industry, the state's leaders have indicated no interest in tapping the state's...

Super Bowl May Bring Boost Houston Hotel Tax Revenue
February 3, 2017 Bonds used to finance Houston’s sports facilities will get a lift from the Super Bowl, which Moody’s Investors Service expects...

Abbott Freezes Hiring, Seeks Vouchers, Border Spending
January 31, 2017 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott urged the Texas Legislature to maintain funding for border security amid a state hiring freeze. He...

Texas PSF Charter School Bond Guarantee Grows
January 30, 2017 The Texas Permanent School Fund that guarantees more than $70 billion of public school construction bonds retains top credit...

Texas Leaders See Momentum on School Vouchers
January 30, 2017 With backing from President Donald Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, proponents of school vouchers see their best opportunity...

North Texas Hospital District Files for Bankruptcy
January 25, 2017 Gainesville Hospital District in North Texas is reorganizing under Chapter 9 bankruptcy with $19.7 million of general...

Trump's Mexico Policies Have Not Affected Border Bond Ratings
January 25, 2017 President Trump’s broadsides against Mexican immigrants and trade have not triggered rating agency action on border credits,...

Cuts Ahead as Texas Budget Process Begins
January 23, 2017 Texas Legislature is beginning the unpopular task of cutting spending for some programs amid weaker revenues.

Certificate of Obligation Volume Surges in Texas
January 19, 2017 Local government issuers increasingly relied on certificates of obligation in the past decade, bypassing voter approval to...

San Antonio's $850M Proposal Includes Hemisfair Park Revamp
January 19, 2017 The San Antonio City Council will ask voters to approve $850 million of bonds, the largest package in the city’s history, for...


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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