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Illinois Lawmakers Get Financial Schooling
March 23, 2017 Resolution of Illinois’ budget crisis likely requires new revenue and spending curbs because natural economic growth alone...

Minnesota Transportation Plans Underscore Policy Conflict
March 22, 2017 Minnesota’s Republican leaders laid out their cards on transportation spending this week, but they remain in conflict with...

High-Level Rift Spotlights Fiscal Troubles in Illinois
March 21, 2017 The escalating feud between Illinois’ Republican governor and Democratic comptroller underscores the budget impasse that has...

Illinois City Struggling Under Pension Weight
March 20, 2017 Marengo, Illinois took a two-notch rating hit and faces the prospect of another over its pension strains.

Minnesota Governor Outlines New Surplus Plans
March 20, 2017 Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced a supplemental budget that adds about $150 million in new spending – including $100...

Illinois Would Feel Pressure from Federal Healthcare Changes
March 17, 2017 Illinois stands to lose $40 billion in federal Medicaid funding over the next 10 years under the current Republican plan to...

St. Louis U Med School On Probation
March 17, 2017 Threats to St. Louis University’s medical accreditation adds some remote credit risks to the school’s rating if not...

CenterPoint Inland Port Back for More PABS
March 16, 2017 One of the only intermodal freight facilities to take advantage of a special 12-year-old federal private activity bond program...

Partisan Illinois Pension Bill Emerges with 'Grand Bargain' Stalled
March 16, 2017 Bipartisan efforts to resolve Illinois' nearly two-year-old budget impasse took a backseat at the state capital as Republicans...

Wisconsin Voters Loosen Purse Strings for Schools
March 15, 2017 Wisconsin voters are looking more favorably on school district’ borrowing requests, signing off on a record $1.35 billion of...

How Long Can Illinois Hold Onto Investment Grade Ratings?
March 14, 2017 The sovereign powers and strong general obligation repayment statute supporting Illinois’ investment-grade ratings are being...

Stern Brothers Hires Veteran Manager as COO
March 10, 2017 St. Louis-based Stern Brothers & Co. has hired longtime public finance banker and manager Linda Matkowski to serve as chief...

Higher Education Pressures Mount in Illinois
March 9, 2017 Illinois' public colleges and universities remain at risk of further credit damage after 21 months of state budget gridlock,...

Chicago Pension Woes Top Charts
March 9, 2017 Chicago is a standout as the "worst" among its big city peers in key pension system measurements, according to a new S&P...

FTC Prevails in Advocate/NorthShore on Merger
March 8, 2017 Two Illinois-based not-for-profit healthcare systems dropped their merger plans Tuesday following a court ruling that favored...

St. Louis Dropped One Notch By Moody's
March 8, 2017 St. Louis received a downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service Tuesday.

New Reports Paint Illinois Finances in Red Ink
March 8, 2017 Illinois is awash in red ink and it’s expected to spread, according to series of bleak fiscal reports this week that...

Kansas City Asking Voters to Bless $800M of GOs
March 8, 2017 Kansas City has a market stop planned for Wednesday before moving on to voters who are being asked next month to authorize...

St. Paul Rolls Out Investor Website
March 7, 2017 St. Paul, Minn.’s new investor relations website is making its debut in tandem with a competitive sale of $43 million of...

Illinois BAB Losses Mount
March 6, 2017 Illinois governments could lose up to $400 million in federal interest rate subsidies on their Build America Bonds under...


Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale tells how marijuana taxation and regulation could help the commonwealth shore up its budget. He also discusses audits by his office, unfunded pension liability and the effect of a Donald Trump presidency. Hosted by Paul Burton.

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