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Dallas Lands on S&P Downgrade Watch Amid Pension Debacle
December 9, 2016 With Dallas trying to stop the run on a rapidly declining pension fund, S&P Global Ratings placed the cityís AA general...

Energy Sector Gets Stable Fitch Outlook Amid Political Upheaval
December 9, 2016 Fitch Ratings sees a stable outlook for North American energy infrastructure in 2017, despite Republican threats to reverse...

Oklahoma Oil, Gas Revenue Gains Point to Recovery as Slump Lingers
December 8, 2016 For the second month in a row, Oklahomaís tax collections from the production of oil and natural gas in November surpassed...

Stable Year Seen for Public Power Utilities, Despite Trump-Driven Uncertainty
December 7, 2016 Despite potential changes in environmental and energy policies under President Trump, analysts at Moodyís Investors Service...

Texas Tightens Purse Strings as Revenues Fall
December 5, 2016 With revenues running lower than expected in 2016, the Texas Legislature will keep a tighter grip on spending despite...

Kansas Hits Lowered Revenue Target, Prepares for Lean Year
December 2, 2016 After reducing its revenue forecast for the current fiscal year, Kansas hit its November revenue target as lawmakers prepared...

IRS Auditing $240.8M of Bonds from a Texas School District
November 30, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service notified the Judson Independent School District near San Antonio that the districtís $240.8...

Catholic Health Initiatives Lands on S&P Downgrade Watch
November 30, 2016 Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nationís largest nonprofit health care providers, is in danger of a downgrade from S&P...

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority's $420M Deal Awaits Ruling as Rates Rise
November 29, 2016 A request for state Supreme Court validation on $420 million of toll revenue bonds has sidelined the Oklahoma Turnpike...

'Designed to Fail,' Pension Laws Imperil Texas Cities
November 28, 2016 Texas lawmakers created a local pension system that was "designed to fail," but Dallas is bearing the consequences of billions...

DFW May Land in Taxable Market Amid Flood of Airport Bonds
November 21, 2016 Concerned about the muni marketís ability to absorb a flood of tax-exempt AMT bonds from U.S. airports, Dallas Fort Worth...

Former Houston Controller Ronald Green Joins Greenberg Traurig
November 16, 2016 The law firm Greenberg Traurig has added former Houston Controller Ronald Green to its Houston practice as a shareholder...

Colorado Studies Mileage Fee to Replace Fuel Tax
November 14, 2016 The Colorado Department of Transportation will study a method of charging motorists by the mile to replace the stateís fuel...

Denver Airport Looks for Savings on $250M Refunding
November 14, 2016 Denver International Airport officials hope to land about $44 million of savings on a $250 million refunding issue this week....

New Mexico Gets an S&P Downgrade
November 10, 2016 Two weeks after New Mexico lost its triple-A rating from Moody's Investors Service, New Mexico took a one notch downgrade from...

Southwest Voters Approve Large Bond Issues
November 9, 2016 A $500 million bond issue for a new Major League Baseball stadium in Arlington, Texas, a $720 million transportation issue in...

Oklahoma Energy Revenues Rise After Nearly Two-Year Slump
November 8, 2016 For the first time in nearly two years, Oklahomaís tax collections from the production of oil and natural gas in October...

Houston ISD Votes on How to Surrender 'Robin Hood' Revenue
November 7, 2016 As voters in other Texas school districts consider bond issues to build new classrooms, those in the Houston Independent...

Colorado Voters Weigh Universal Healthcare System
November 7, 2016 Colorado voters Tuesday will consider a measure to create the nation's first universal health care system.

Kansas Revenues $12.7M Below Estimates in October
November 3, 2016 Kansas collected $12.7 million less revenue than anticipated in October, continuing a trend that has forced the state to...


In a Bond Buyer roundtable, Northeast regional editor Paul Burton and markets reporters Chip Barnett and Aaron Weitzman explain how the muni market is a microcosm for a crazy year. They discuss issuance, yields, red-flag states, New York City’s finances and what we might expect in 2017.

The president-elect would finance his trillion dollar plan through tax credits, bypassing state and local governments, and may move to tax the interest on their municipal bonds.

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