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Paul Burton

Northeast Regional Editor

Paul Burton is the Northeast Regional Editor for The Bond Buyer. His major coverage has included New York City and MTA finances; the Harrisburg, Pa., debt crisis; the 38 Studios bond financing fiasco in Rhode Island; and unfunded pension liability. Paul hosts podcasts and videos and has moderated at Bond Buyer conferences.

Previously, Paul was senior editor and copy chief at M&A-oriented financial media company The Deal LLC.

His award-winning career has spanned financial, sports and political journalism. A Boston native, Paul is the author of the book “Tales from the Newsrooms.” He is a frequent public speaker and has appeared as an expert on municipal debt on radio and television shows, including former CBS News White House correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s public-affairs program, “Full Measure.”

Recent Stories From this Author

Auditor Promises Thorough Review of Pennsylvania Pensions
July 26, 2016 Federal corruption charges against a former state treasurer did not motivate a probe of Pennsylvania's two public pension...

Pennsylvania Auditor to Probe Pension Funds
July 25, 2016 Pennsylvania Auditor Eugene DePasquale plans to investigate the state's two largest pension systems, saying he wants to ensure...

N.Y. MTA to Close Canarsie Tunnel in 2019 for Sandy Fix
July 25, 2016 New York MTA intends to close the Canarsie Tunnel between Brooklyn and Manhattan for 18 months beginning in 2019 to repair...

Has Pennsylvania Turned a Corner on Pensions?
July 22, 2016 A rating agency sees progress in Pennsylvania’s new budget toward reducing the underfunding of its pension systems, though...

Lead Plaintiff Connecticut Announces $95M Amgen Settlement
July 21, 2016 Biotech Amgen has agreed to pay $95 million to settle a class action filed on behalf of investors with Connecticut Retirement...

Pennsylvania Revenue Package a Plus, Says Moody's
July 20, 2016 Pennsylvania’s $1.3 billion revenue package that balanced its fiscal 2017 budget is a strong step toward long-term budget...

Connecticut Treasurer Expects Little Effect from Kroll Downgrade
July 20, 2016 Kroll's downgrade to AA-minus should have little effect on Connecticut's $500 million GO sale, said state Treasurer Denise...

Connecticut, Reserves Dwindling, Is Downgraded by Kroll
July 19, 2016 Connecticut, which expects to empty most of its rainy-day fund as it struggles with its budget, received a downgrade from...

MBTA Issues Feelers for Automated Fare System
July 19, 2016 The MBTA, which operates mass transit in Greater Boston, has issued a request for qualifications regarding an automated fare...

Pennsylvania, Budget in Hand, Removed From Negative Watch
July 19, 2016 After passage of a $31.5 billion budget, S&P Global Ratings removed Pennsylvania from credit watch with negative implications.

Stalemate Ends as Wolf Signs Pennsylvania Budget
July 14, 2016 Gov. Tom Wolf signed a $31.5 billion budget after lawmakers filled a $1.3 billion gap through a patchwork of tax hikes and...

Harrisburg, Pa., Parking Bonds Junk Amid Dispute
July 13, 2016 A dispute over parking payments continues amid S&P Global Services' downgrade to junk bond status of bonds that funded a...

Budget Action Will Color Pennsylvania GO Sale
July 13, 2016 The speed of Pennsylvania's response to its $1.2 billion budget imbalance will make a difference when it sells general...

What's Missing In Chapter 9 Bankruptcy Law
July 12, 2016 Federal Chapter 9 policy is ill-defined and fluid, a bankruptcy expert said at a municipal finance conference at the Brookings...

Moody's: Yanks Edge Mets on Credit Strength
July 12, 2016 While the Yankees' and Mets' ballparks received upgrades of late, Yankee Stadium is a stronger credit than Citi Field, said...

Rating Backlash Hovers over Pennsylvania Again
July 12, 2016 Bond rating agencies, muni analysts and even constitutional experts are watching Pennsylvania after the governor let an...

Wolf to Let Pennsylvania Budget Become Law
July 11, 2016 Gov. Tom Wolf said he would let Pennsylvania's $31.5 billion budget become law without his signature if lawmakers cannot agree...

Brexit Another Variable for Stressed Northeast States
July 8, 2016 Brexit, the United Kingdom’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, may complicate the fiscal strife facing many...

Providence, R.I., to Seek $40M Infrastructure Bond
July 8, 2016 Providence, R.I., Mayor Jorge Elorza wants to put a $40 million neighborhood infrastructure bond before city voters in November.

$60 Million in Tax Breaks for New York's Dead
July 7, 2016 New York City failed to collect nearly $60 million in revenue over six years thanks to improper tax breaks to dead people and...


Maria Doulis of the watchdog Citizens Budget Commission and Howard Cure of Evercore Wealth Management dissect New York City's $82 billion budget with Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton. They explore efficiencies, debt management, reserves, the economy, the capital budget and Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to overhaul Health + Hospitals.

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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