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

Analysts Wary of Pennsylvania's Prospects
April 29, 2016 As Pennsylvania lawmakers debate Gov. Tom Wolf's proposed $32 billion fiscal 2017 spending plan, many municipal analysts view...

Connecticut Housing to Sell $189M for Single-Family Mortgages
April 25, 2016 The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority intends to offer $189 million in tax-exempt bonds to finance single-family mortgages.

MTA, N.Y. City to Hash Out Madison Avenue Property Tiff
April 21, 2016 The MTA board authorized Chairman Thomas Prendergast to settle a dispute with New York City officials over the proposed...

N.Y. MTA Board OKs Latest Capital Program
April 20, 2016 The New York MTA board approved the latest, $29.5 billion, iteration of a five-year capital program that seemingly has had...

Moody’s Downgrades Hartford, Conn.
April 20, 2016 Hartford, Conn., received a one-notch downgrade from Moody’s Investors Service, to Baa1 from A3.

Variable-Rate Debt Under Control, Says MTA Official
April 19, 2016 Variable-rate debt represents a manageable 7% of New York MTA’s $36.7 billion debt portfolio, finance manager Patrick McCoy...

More Second Avenue Delays Worry MTA Officials
April 18, 2016 Construction delays at the 72nd Street station could jeopardize the planned December opening of the Second Avenue subway line,...

N.Y. Transit Woes Spawn Novel Ideas, Funding Quandary
April 15, 2016 Outside-the-box approaches to New York's regional transportation woes still beg the question of funding.

Diehl to Oversee Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
April 4, 2016 Veteran banker Jeffrey Diehl will direct the nascent Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, its board of directors announced.

Rebranded Harrisburg Agency Gets Investment-Grade Rating
April 4, 2016 Rebranding and internal improvements paid off for Capital Region Water – the former Harrisburg Authority – which landed its...

Pennsylvania Pays for Political Divide
April 1, 2016 As the battlefield shifts to its 2017 budget from its 2016 budget, Pennsylvania’s sharp political divide has had heavy...

Scranton Eyes Distressed-City Exit after Wastewater Sale
March 31, 2016 Scranton, Pa.’s pending $195 million wastewater sale could help end its long stay in a state oversight program for distressed...

Report Urges States, Cities to Treat OPEB Seriously
March 31, 2016 States and cities should prioritize OPEB overhaul as much as they do pension overhaul, according to a Manhattan Institute...

UConn to Sell $342M for Buildings, Refunding
March 31, 2016 The University of Connecticut intends to sell $342 million of GO bonds under its UConn 2000 infrastructure improvement...

Connecticut Lawmakers Plug Current-Year Deficit
March 30, 2016 Connecticut lawmakers approved a plan to close an estimated $220 million deficit for fiscal 2016, while a nearly $1 billion...

Stringer Calls for N.Y. City to Help Small Businesses
March 29, 2016 One-third of New York small business owners endure long waits for approvals to open shop, according to city Comptroller Scott...

More Pennsylvania Downgrades Seen as Looming
March 24, 2016 Pennsylvania finally has a state budget but remains vulnerable to more rating downgrades, said a Philadelphia-based municipal...

Connecticut Plays Casino Dominoes
March 24, 2016 Connecticut, home to the two tribal casinos that launched a gambling boom in the northeast, may become a victim of that boom...

Wolf Backs Down on Pennsylvania Budget Veto Threat
March 23, 2016 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he would allow the nine-months-late fiscal 2016 budget to become law without his signature.

MTA Awaits Word From New York on Capital Program
March 23, 2016 New York’s MTA expects to know the fate of its five-year capital program by the end of the month, said Chairman Thomas...

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Bond Buyer Northeast regional editor Paul Burton, senior markets reporter Chip Barnett and Northeast regional reporter Andrew Coen let loose on the ills of the municipal finance world, including infrastructure underfunding, pension debt, state budget strife and distressed cities.

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