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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

N.Y. MTA to Issue More Green Bonds
January 23, 2017 New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority expects to issue more environmental green bonds in 2017, a finance official...

Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed Pleads Guilty
January 23, 2017 Stephen Reed, Harrisburg, Pa., mayor from 1982 to 2009, pleaded guilty to stealing city-purchased artifacts.

Massachusetts Governor to Boost Local Aid
January 23, 2017 Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's budget will include $91 million in additional Chapter 70 education funding to...

Raimondo Budget Touts Free Tuition, Business Boost
January 20, 2017 Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo proposed a $9.3 billion budget that calls for two years of free tuition at public colleges for...

State Must Intervene to Avert Hartford Bankruptcy, Says Report
January 18, 2017 Capital Hartford is veering out of control toward bankruptcy and needs help from a state already wobbly, said a Manhattan...

N.Y.C. Council Calls for IBO to Study Tax Breaks
January 18, 2017 The New York City Council approved a bill that requires the watchdog Independent Budget Office to review city-issued economic...

MTA Labor Deal Leaves Healthcare, Pension Loose Ends
January 17, 2017 The MTA’s tentative deal with New York transit employees provides some certainty while ignoring spiraling health-care and...

Green Bonds Rise as Tool for Water Infrastructure, Resilience
January 17, 2017 Green bonds are a tool more issuers use to finance various means of purifying drinking water and buffering against rising seas.

Pa. Consolidates Investments to Cut Wall Street Fees
January 13, 2017 Pennsylvania has transferred and consolidated three investment funds worth a combined $2.3 billion to reduce its fee payout to...

Report Urges Hybrid Federal-State Bankruptcy Approach
January 12, 2017 So-called intervention bankruptcy – combining federal and state resources – could help governments manage municipal...

N.Y. City Approves $195M in Hudson Yards Tax Breaks
January 11, 2017 The New York City Industrial Development Agency approved $195 million in tax breaks for Related Cos. and Oxford Properties for...

MBTA Privatizes Warehousing Operations
January 10, 2017 The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's fiscal oversight board approved a five-year, $28 million warehouse...

NYC Agency Issuers Feelers for Community Land Trust
January 10, 2017 The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development is looking for qualified groups to form a community land...

UConn Bond Sale to Fund Hartford Relocation
January 6, 2017 The University of Connecticut intends to sell $335 million in GO bonds to fund capital projects that include relocating its...

Malloy Urges Further Push on Pension Overhaul
January 4, 2017 Connecticut must enact pension system overhaul that balances fiscal responsibility and retirees’ needs, Gov. Dannel Malloy...

Next MTA Chief Will Face Myriad Challenges
January 3, 2017 Tom Prendergast departs as New York MTA chief on a high note as Second Avenue subway line opened. His successor will face...

University of Pittsburgh to Sell $525M
December 30, 2016 The University of Pittsburgh intends to sell roughly $525 million of Series 2017A taxable university refunding bonds.

Subway Line on Time, Yet 100 Years Late
December 28, 2016 A New York subway line delayed over 100 years is about to open "on time" when Second Ave. Subway service begins on New Year's...

Another Call for Overhaul of MBTA Pension Fund
December 27, 2016 Folding its $1.6 billion retirement fund into the state pension system is essential to the future of the Massachusetts Bay...

Cuomo Reinforces Vow to Open Subway by New Year's
December 23, 2016 Gov. Andrew Cuomo's ceremony to tour a new Second Avenue subway line drew an overflow crowd to the station's mezzanine. So...


What are the challenges of running a giant electric provider? Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) CEO Tom Falcone discusses his experience of leaving Wall Street after 13 years to run LIPA in the catastrophic wake of Hurricane Sandy. Hosted by Andrew Coen.

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