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Charlotte Booted as Host of NBA All-Star Game
July 22, 2016 The NBA blamed a law passed by North Carolina seen as discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community for its decision to yank the...

Feds Loosen Grip on PACE Loans
July 20, 2016 The Federal Housing Administration said it will begin insuring mortgages on certain properties that include PACE assessments...

Kentucky Launches Bond-Backed Job Training Program
July 20, 2016 Kentucky plans to issue $100 million of bonds to support a workforce development training initiative seen as critical to...

W.V. Law Protects Bondholders From Budget Stalemates
July 19, 2016 West Virginia has passed a law giving the governor the power to pay debt service if a budget has not been enacted on time.

Mississippi Downgraded
July 18, 2016 Mississippi absorbed a downgrade from Fitch Ratings, which cited weaker-than-expected .performance and criteria changes in...

N.C. Governor Signs 2017 Budget
July 15, 2016 North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed the 2017 budget bill into law, increasing the general fund by 2.8% to give teachers...

Miami Beach Rolls Ahead With Streetcar P3
July 14, 2016 Miami Beach will begin preliminary negotiations with a group led by France-based Alstom to build a modern light rail streetcar...

How Louisiana Will Tackle Its Transportation Funding Backlog
July 13, 2016 Louisiana faces another thorny funding issue: how to address billions of dollars in backlogged transportation needs.

Former Alabama Speaker To Serve Years in Prison
July 11, 2016 Former Alabama House of Representatives speaker Mike Hubbard was sentenced Friday to four years in prison on 12 felony...

Mississippi's Reserve Fund Draw a Credit Negative
July 11, 2016 After Mississippi tapped its rainy day fund for a second time to cover a budget shortfall, Moody's Investors Service called...

How Atlanta Plans to Leverage Sales Tax for Transit Transformation
July 6, 2016 City of Atlanta and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority leaders will use the months ahead to persuade voters to...

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...


Natalie Cohen, Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities, talks with The Bond Buyer’s Chip Barnett about the global attractiveness of U.S. municipal bonds in a negative interest rate environment in Europe and Asia. She discusses market volatility after the U.K. Brexit vote, looking at both the market side and the effect on state and local governments and public pensions.

In the past 3½ years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has asserted its enforcement role considerably, in what can fairly be described as a form of direct regulation of issuers.

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