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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

Stringer: Think Long-Term Amid Brexit Turmoil
June 28, 2016 Market turmoil following the Brexit vote emphasizes the need for diversification of pension funds, said New York City...

Connecticut Housing to Sell $86M
June 28, 2016 The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority intends to offer up to $63 million in fixed-rate bonds on Tuesday and $23 million as...

Rainy-Day Drain Would Be Connecticut Negative, Says Moody's
June 27, 2016 A transfer from Connecticut's rainy-day fund to cover a projected $316 million fiscal 2016 budget gap would be a credit...

Massachusetts to Sell $900M Amid Budget Deficit Talks
June 24, 2016 Massachusetts intends to sell about $900 million of bonds as its top lawmakers work on a budget deal that reflects a...

N.Y. MTA Board Approves Hudson Yards Bonding
June 22, 2016 The board of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Wednesday authorized a bond offering to monetize a portion of...

De Blasio Appointees Join MTA Board
June 22, 2016 Five new members, including two appointed by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, have joined the New York MTA board.

Quinn, Nguyen Join R.I. Treasury
June 22, 2016 Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner chose Francis Quinn as the state's first debt manager, and Tim Nguyen as the state...

Rhode Island Lawmakers Approve $8.9B Budget
June 20, 2016 Rhode Island lawmakers passed an $8.9 billion fiscal 2017 state budget during a weekend all-nighter.

Why Retirement Tweaks Won't Tame Pennsylvania's Pension Gorilla
June 17, 2016 As Pennsylvania weighs moving new state hires into a hybrid plan partly based on 401(k)-style defined contributions, critics...

Yankee Stadium Bonds Reviewed for Upgrade
June 17, 2016 Moody's placed Yankee Stadium's Baa3 rating under review for upgrade, affecting roughly $1.26 billion of debt outstanding.

S&P Says N.Y. City Budget Credit Positive for Short Term
June 16, 2016 The $82.1 billion budget New York City adopted for fiscal 2017 is a slight credit positive for the next two years, says S&P...

Whistleblower Seeks Probe of Bryn Mawr Trust
June 16, 2016 A former vice president at Bryn Mawr Trust Co. is asking several federal and state agencies to investigate the Pennsylvania...

Mets' Ballpark Bonds Out of Junk
June 16, 2016 Moody's upgraded the rating of the Mets' Citi Field bonds out of junk to Baa3 from Ba1, citing the team's World Series...

N.Y. City Council OKs $82.1B Budget
June 14, 2016 The New York City Council approved the final $82.1 billion fiscal 2017 budget to which its leaders and Mayor Bill de Blasio...

Scranton, Pa., Takes Newly Minted Junk Rating to Market
June 14, 2016 Scranton, Pa., which received its first bond rating in five years — junk-level BB from S&P — intends to sell $40 million to...

GE Selects Rhode Island for Tech Jobs
June 9, 2016 Fortune 500 behemoth General Electric plans to bring 100 tech jobs to Rhode Island, Gov. Gina Raimondo announced.

Rating Method Changes to Pennsylvania School Districts Seen As Confusing
June 9, 2016 Changes to Pennsylvania school district enhanced ratings by bond agencies are confusing the capital markets, according to PNC...

N.Y. City Better at Capital Project Starts, Says Stringer
June 9, 2016 Most New York City agencies improved their rate of starting capital projects in 2015, said city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Rhode Island Treasurer Names Marr Chief of Staff
June 8, 2016 Patrick Marr will become chief of staff at Rhode Island Treasury, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced.

Massachusetts Expects No Rainy-Day Dip to Plug Revenue Gap
June 8, 2016 Massachusetts does not expect to draw on the state's rainy-day budget to fill a $311 million revenue gap for fiscal 2016, 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.

As we await the final shoe to drop with regard to the SEC's MCDC initiative, the municipal market may be at a turning point in terms of disclosure.

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