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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

Connecticut Sale Includes $186M of Retail
March 29, 2017 Connecticut's $743.4 million general obligation bond sale attracted $186 million in retail orders, according to state...

'Social Fares' Too Costly for N.Y. City, Says DOT Chief
March 28, 2017 A half-fare subsidy for lower-income persons would further strain New York Cityís budget, transportation Commissioner Polly...

Federal Cuts Could Force N.Y.'s Creative Hand
March 24, 2017 The specter of massive cuts in federal domestic aid could force New York City officials to think outside the box about how...

Trumpcare Could Imperil Rhode Island Budget, Says Governor
March 24, 2017 President Trump's healthcare bill would blow a hole in Rhode Island's budget and leave many state residents uninsured, said...

R.I. Pension Fund Gains Top $1 Billion over 12 Months
March 23, 2017 The 12-month investment gains of Rhode Island's pension fund topped $1 billion, state General Treasurer Seth Magaziner...

Connecticut to Sell $750M as Budget Fray Continues
March 23, 2017 Connecticut will sell $750 million of general obligation bonds in a deal that includes a $200 million refunding.

Further Delays Loom for N.Y. Cortlandt Street Station Reopening
March 22, 2017 Complications are threatening to even further delay the planned reopening of the No. 1 line Cortlandt Street station in New...

N.Y. City Asset Bureau Aims to Sharpen Risk Management
March 21, 2017 The Bureau of Asset Management in New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer's office wants to fine-tune its risk analytics

Trump Budget's Threat to N.Y. City Finances
March 17, 2017 New York Mayor Bill de Blasio painted a grim landscape for his city should the massive cuts in President Trumpís proposed...

Feds Back Off on de Blasio Probe
March 17, 2017 The Justice Department said it does not intend to criminally charge New York Mayor Bill de Blasio or people fundraising on his...

New Jersey Pension Deferrals Hurt Long-Term, Says S&P
March 16, 2017 Long-term structural balance in New Jersey remains elusive thanks to continued deferral of full funding for future retirement...

Financial Plan Tweaks Weaken N.Y. MTA, Says Watchdog
March 16, 2017 Changes to New York MTAís four-year financial plan slightly worsen the outlook for the authority, said the watchdog Citizens...

Cambridge, Mass., Community-Sourced Minibonds Could Spark Market Trend
March 15, 2017 Cambridge raised $2 million through a sale of community-sourced minibonds, which the city and its underwriter say could...

N.Y. City Agency Issues RFP for Housing Rehab
March 14, 2017 New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development issued a RFQ that seeks organizations to rehabilitate and...

Hartford, Conn., Mayor Sounds Brighter Note
March 14, 2017 Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin's State of the City speech acknowledged progress over the past year, even as large deficits hover...

N.Y. State Transportation 'Parity' Misguided, Says Watchdog
March 14, 2017 Parity for New York State transportation investments is a misnomer, according to a report by budget watchdog Citizens Budget...

N.Y. Streetcar Backers Persist Amid Open Questions
March 10, 2017 In the face of local skepticism and open questions about infrastructure funding, streetcar advocates are promoting a 16-mile...

Schumer Calls for Infrastructure Funding, Not Tax Breaks
March 10, 2017 Infrastructure needs direct federal funding, not tax breaks for private investments, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said in New York.

Central Falls, R.I., Lifted to Investment Grade
March 9, 2017 Central Falls, R.I., nearly five years after filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, has an investment-grade bond rating again.

N.Y. Budget Watchdog CBC to Honor Schumer, Rohatyn
March 7, 2017 The Citizens Budget Commission will honor U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and public finance veteran Felix Rohatyn at its annual...


How might infrastructure initiatives from President Trump affect state and municipal issuers, and the capital markets? John Hallacy and Paul Burton discuss.

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