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South Carolina Judge Backs Richland County in Tax Probe
June 30, 2016 A South Carolina judge has indicated that he plans to side with Richland County in its fight over the release of 1-cent sales...

North Carolina Tax Cap May Imperil Triple-A Rating, Opponents Say
June 29, 2016 A bill in the North Carolina General Assembly would ask voters to lower the income tax rate to 5.5% from 10%, a move that...

Univ. of Louisville Outlook Changed to Developing
June 24, 2016 The outlook for the University of Louisville was changed to developing after Moody's Investors Service found that Kentucky...

Louisiana Lawmakers Fail to Address Budget Deficit
June 24, 2016 Louisiana lawmakers capped their third session of the year on Thursday adopting a fiscal 2017 budget with $300 million in cuts...

SEC Opens Opa-locka, Fla., Inquiry
June 23, 2016 The small south Florida city of Opa-locka, recently designated by the state to be in a financial emergency, is under...

Judge to Consider Dismissing All Aboard Florida Bond Challenge
June 22, 2016 In a first-of-its-kind case, a federal judge hears arguments June 30 on motions to dismiss a challenge by two Florida counties...

Louisiana Deficit Widens as Lawmakers Near End of Session
June 20, 2016 As Louisiana lawmakers remain at odds with the governor over program funding as the state faces an even higher deficit estimate.

Kentucky Revamps State Pension Board
June 17, 2016 Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin restructured the state pension board as a state agency, saying the move was necessary to achieve...

Georgia Hospital Misses Bond Payment
June 17, 2016 Georgia’s Oconee Regional Medical Center did not make its June 1 bond payment, and although the hospital said it plans to pay...

North Carolina's Cost to Unwind P3 Tops $800M
June 16, 2016 North Carolina Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson said the $800 million cost to unwind the I-77 Mobility contract and...

Wilmington Trust Opens Alabama Office
June 16, 2016 Wilmington Trust opened a new office in Birmingham, Ala., as part of an expansion of its corporate trust services in the...

W.V. Lawmakers Back Away From Shutdown
June 15, 2016 Hoping to avoid a state government shutdown July 1, the GOP-led West Virginia Legislature approved a new 2017 budget Tuesday...

Bond Insurer Sues City After Golf Course Deal Goes Awry
June 15, 2016 Buena Vista, Va., was sued by bond insurer ACA Financial Guarantee Corp., which says the city breached its forbearance...

Florida City's Fiscal Oversight Panel Appointed
June 13, 2016 Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed nine people, including six top level state employees, to take charge of Opa-locka’s...

Florida Court Refuses to Block Train Bonds
June 13, 2016 A Florida court has denied Indian River County’s quest to block a state-created conduit issuer from selling $1.75 billion of...

Kentucky Halting New Road Projects
June 10, 2016 Kentucky, after plugging billions into its massively underfunded pensions this year, is hitting the brakes on transportation...

N.C. Utility Deal Sees Two-Year Low Pricing
June 9, 2016 North Carolina’s Fayetteville Public Works Commission auctioned $114.4 million of 25-year bonds on Wednesday, resulting in...

West Virginia Budget Rejected
June 9, 2016 West Virginia is closer to a state government shutdown after Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the fiscal 2017 state budget, saying...

Connect NC Bond Deal OK'd
June 8, 2016 The North Carolina Council of State Tuesday approved issuing $200 million of the $2 billion in general obligation bonds that...

Louisiana Delves into Budget 'No One Likes'
June 8, 2016 Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards opened the state's third legislative session Tuesday urging lawmakers to resume work on a...


Carl Weisbrod, Director of the New York City Department of City Planning, joins Bond Buyer Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett to talk about the surge in NYC’s population and corresponding employment growth and why economic growth is dependent upon affordable housing for workers.

Municipalities buy insurance to obtain a higher credit rating for a bond issue and a commensurately lower borrowing cost. The savings arise from a lower coupon or, if the coupon is fixed, a higher price. But how can municipalities make sure that bond insurance makes economic sense for them? The answer is to pay close attention to the costs and benefits.

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