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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

Hartford Arena Quandary Confronts Connecticut
December 9, 2016 Deficit-plagued Connecticut is being asked for $250 million to fix up Hartfordís money-losing, four-decade old downtown arena.

Online Lottery Bill's Odds are Better, Says Mass. Treasurer
December 9, 2016 A bill to allow online lottery gambling in Massachusetts has better odds of passing next year, said state Treasurer Deborah...

Massachusetts Governor Urges Infrastructure Maintenance
December 7, 2016 Fixes for aging infrastructure are essential for the Massachusetts economy, Gov. Charlie Baker told investors in Boston.

Connecticut Housing Agency Earns Environmental Honor
December 7, 2016 The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority received an A-minus from national environmental organization Global Green USA for...

Build Reserves, Says Massachusetts Treasurer
December 6, 2016 Massachusetts should protect and boost its reserves to preserve its bond ratings, state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg told...

Pennsylvania Tests Waters With $613M Competitive Deal
December 5, 2016 Amid rising yields and budget strife, Pennsylvania intends to competitively sell $613 million of general obligation bonds.

Conn., Ill. Treasurers Encouraged by Wells Fargoís Bylaws Change
December 2, 2016 The state treasurers of Connecticut and Illinois cautiously praised Wells Fargo after the scandal-ridden bank's board of...

Connecticut Gets Negative Outlook from S&P
December 1, 2016 In the latest capital markets hit to Connecticut, S&P Global Ratings revised its outlook on the state to negative from stable.

Hostel Operators Push for N.Y. City Access
November 30, 2016 Youth hostel operators are pushing New York to lift restrictions on lodging regulations, saying the city is squandering up to...

N.Y. City Plans $1 Billion GO Sale
November 30, 2016 New York City intends to sell $1 billion of fixed-rate general obligation bonds the week of Dec. 5.

Connecticut, Illinois Treasurers Push for Independent Wells Board Chair
November 29, 2016 Connecticut and Illinois state treasurers, in partnership with shareholder activists, called for a change in Wells Fargoís...

More Cities Enter the Tech Age and Budget Accordingly
November 23, 2016 Municipalities are increasingly making policy through data sets, as evidenced in New York, Pittsburgh and Columbus.

Which Fare is Fair? Issue Confronts N.Y. MTA Board
November 23, 2016 As New York MTA faces another stretch of uncertainty, a faction within its board is calling for reduced fare for lower-income...

Baker, Goldberg to Speak at Massachusetts Conference
November 22, 2016 Gov. Charlie Baker and state Treasurer Deborah Goldberg will speak at the sixth annual Massachusetts Investor Conference Dec....

New York City Water to Sell $400M
November 22, 2016 The New York City Municipal Water Finance Authority intends to sell $400 million of bonds on Nov. 30, after a one-day retail...

Harrisburg Parking Bonds Get Negative Outlook
November 22, 2016 Fitch revised its outlook to negative on $123 million of Capitol Region Parking System Series 2013A senior parking revenue...

Moody's: Massachusetts Charter Cap Lift Rejection a Positive
November 18, 2016 Massachusetts voters' rejection of charter school expansion is a credit positive for the commonwealth's urban local...

De Blasio Signs JFK Business District Bill
November 17, 2016 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation authorizing the creation of the Greater JFK Business Improvement District.

De Blasio Warns Trump He'll Push Back for New York City
November 17, 2016 Mayor Bill de Blasio warned President-elect Donald Trump not to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act and promised to push back on other...

R.I. Treasurer Calls on Wells Fargo to Address Fraud
November 17, 2016 Rhode Islandís retirement system joined an institutional investor group in a shareholder proposal demanding that Wells Fargo...


In a Bond Buyer roundtable, Northeast regional editor Paul Burton and markets reporters Chip Barnett and Aaron Weitzman explain how the muni market is a microcosm for a crazy year. They discuss issuance, yields, red-flag states, New York City’s finances and what we might expect in 2017.

The president-elect would finance his trillion dollar plan through tax credits, bypassing state and local governments, and may move to tax the interest on their municipal bonds.

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