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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

Debt Gone Awry at a Pennsylvania School District
May 25, 2016 Debt gone wild at the teetering Penn Hills, Pa., School District has raised the specter of criminal probes after a scathing...

Capital Plan OK Big Relief for N.Y. MTA
May 25, 2016 A state review panelís approval of a five-year, $27 billion capital program was greeted enthusiastically by the board of the...

Stringer: N.Y. City Faces Larger Budget Gaps
May 25, 2016 New York City anticipates higher projected tax revenues but widening outyear budget gaps, city Comptroller Scott Stringer...

State Review Board Approves New York MTA Capital Plan
May 24, 2016 The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $27 billion capital program for 2015 to 2019 has received final approval from the...

State Comptroller to N.Y. City: Approach FY17 with Caution
May 24, 2016 New York City projects a $3.4 billion surplus for fiscal 2016 amid rising concerns for the near future, says state Comptroller...

New Firm Offers Tech to Aid Issuer Disclosure
May 23, 2016 Former Massachusetts assistant treasurer Colin MacNaught has launched tech company BondLink to help muni issuers manage debt...

Connecticut Woes Trickle Down To Its Big Cities
May 20, 2016 The budget problems of Connecticut, which received two downgrades Thursday, are also a problem for its three largest cities.

Dual Downgrades for Connecticut GOs
May 19, 2016 Standard & Poor's and Fitch Ratings both downgraded Connecticut's general obligation bonds to AA-minus from AA in advance of...

Retail Engine for Cuomo Penn Station Push
May 18, 2016 The retail development lure could help Gov. Andrew Cuomo push the New York Penn Station project in a region noted for...

Central Falls, R.I., Budget Includes Rainy-Day Fund
May 17, 2016 Central Falls, R.I.'s last proposed budget under a five-year bankruptcy plan shows a capital markets underpinning that...

IBO: N.Y. City to End Fiscal Year with $3.5B Surplus
May 16, 2016 New York City will end fiscal 2016 with a $3.5 billion surplus, $151 million more than Mayor Bill de Blasioís estimate, said...

Connecticut Budget Clears Senate
May 13, 2016 Connecticut's House of Representatives is scheduled to debate a nearly $20 billion state budget for fiscal 2017, one day after...

Hartford Looks to Stop the Bleeding
May 13, 2016 The grim financial picture in Hartford, Conn. includes rating downgrades, doomsday budget forecasts and two stadium fiascos.

N.Y. City Comptroller Sees Signs of Slowdown
May 13, 2016 Signs of a cooling economy in New York City emerged despite first quarter 2016, growth, said city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Boston Transit Agency Will Terminate Swaps
May 10, 2016 The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will terminate five legacy interest-rate swaps after receiving approval to do...

New York City Plans $800M GO Refunding
May 9, 2016 New York City intends to sell $800 million of general obligation refunding bonds on May 18 through negotiation.

R.I. Infrastructure Bank Closes $6M in Loans
May 6, 2016 The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank closes $6 million in loans for repair projects through the municipal road and bridge...

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...


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