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Louisiana OKs Smaller GO Deal Amid Tight Budget
February 16, 2017 The Louisiana State Bond Commission approved a smaller-than-planned general obligation borrowing Thursday that will save the...

Southeast Bond Volume Up Slightly in 2016
February 15, 2017 Issuers across the Southeast brought $71.7 billion of municipal bonds to market in 2016, a 3.3% year-over-year increase that...

IRS Says Bonds for a Jail in Glades County, Florida May Be Taxable
February 14, 2017 The Glades Correctional Development Corp. in south-central Florida said that it received a preliminary Internal Revenue...

Deluge of Deficits Spurs Louisiana Tax Reform Proposals
February 8, 2017 Facing another budget shortfall, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will ask lawmakers to take up tax and budget reform measures.

Florida Health Systems to Integrate Amid 'Changing Landscape'
February 3, 2017 Lakeland Regional Health and Orlando Health disclosed to bondholders on EMMA that they have signed a letter of intent to...

N.C. Adds Unfunded Pension-OPEB Costs to Debt Report
February 2, 2017 North Carolina’s $38 billion of unfunded pension and retiree healthcare costs led a key committee to advise raising the...

New Administration to Make PAB Decisions, USDOT Says
February 1, 2017 A federal court should dismiss two lawsuits challenging bond financing for the All Aboard Florida train project because the...

Florida's 'Booming Economy' Bolsters Governor's Budget
February 1, 2017 Florida Gov. Rick Scott unveiled a record $83.5 billion budget for fiscal 2018 that could set the stage for a confrontation...

With Sale Pending, Global Ministries Debt Downgraded
January 31, 2017 The bonds of 16 affordable housing properties affiliated with Global Ministries Fellowship were downgraded by S&P Global...

Louisiana Session Called to Deal with Deficit
January 27, 2017 Facing a second $300 million deficit this year, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said lawmakers must meet in a special session...

Facing a Budget Imbalance, Florida Considers New Gambling
January 26, 2017 With Florida facing a structural budget imbalance, lawmakers advanced a comprehensive gaming bill that would bring millions in...

Jefferson County Awaits Bankruptcy Appeal Ruling
January 25, 2017 In oral arguments on Jefferson County, Ala.’s bankruptcy plan last month, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals expressed concern...

Florida Sues Two Tobacco Companies
January 23, 2017 After R.J. Reynolds sold four cigarette brands to ITG Brands, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi sued the companies saying...

Louisiana's Deficit Impacts State Borrowing
January 19, 2017 Louisiana now pegs its official mid-year deficit at $304 million, a number that is complicating the state’s ability to issue...

Tennessee Lawmakers to Mull Tax Cuts, More Transportation Funding
January 18, 2017 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam rolled out legislation Wednesday that would cut taxes and increase transportation funding for the...

Dismissing Train Suits 'Inequitable,' Florida Counties Argue
January 18, 2017 With a privately owned passenger train service just months away from starting up in south Florida, opponents told a federal...

Pension Risks Trigger Downgrade of Birmingham, Ala.
January 17, 2017 A significant increase in Birmingham, Ala.’s pension liabilities led Fitch Ratings to cut the city’s issuer default and bond...

Louisiana's Budget Deficit Points to Special Session
January 13, 2017 Louisiana’s economists projected Friday the state’s budget shortfall will be as high as $313 million, prompting Gov. John Bel...

Georgia's Governor Requests $1B of Bonds in 2018
January 12, 2017 A nearly $50 billion budget for Georgia in fiscal 2018 has been recommended by Gov. Nathan Deal, who is also requesting $1...

Kentucky's Unfunded Pensions Send S&P Outlook to Negative
January 12, 2017 Kentucky’s credit outlook was revised to negative ahead of an upcoming bond deal, a change S&P Global Ratings said was...


What does the muni market have in store for us in 2017 after a record breaking year issuance-wise in 2016? Kevin Dunphy, managing director and head of public finance for Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, talks about the overall outlook for the muni market, what he sees for issuance in 2017, and addresses shrinking underwriter spreads and what, if anything, can be done to increase those margins. Hosted by Aaron Weitzman.

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