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

Rhode Island Debt Study to Include Pensions, OPEB
October 24, 2016 Rhode Island is working on a debt affordability study that will include bonded debt as well as pension and OPEB liabilities,...

What Hartford Stadium Bonds Offer Risk-Tolerant Investors
October 21, 2016 Bonds that funded the stalled minor-league baseball stadium in Hartford, Conn., could appeal to investors with appetite for...

Upgrade a Sign of Progress in New Britain, Conn.
October 21, 2016 The second bond-rating upgrade in 10 months for New Britain, Conn., is further proof the city is moving in the right...

Pensions, State Limits Handcuff Massachusetts Cities: S&P
October 19, 2016 Underperforming pension systems and limited state flexibility are pressuring Massachusetts municipalities, said S&P.

Connecticut Sells $650M Amid Budget Woes
October 19, 2016 State budget troubles provided the backdrop as Connecticut sold $650 million in general obligation bonds and GO green bonds.

Hartford, Conn., Finalizes Ballpark Completion Deal
October 19, 2016 Construction resumed on a minor-league baseball stadium in Hartford, Conn., after city officials finalized an agreement for...

Massachusetts Suspends Wells Fargo for One Year
October 18, 2016 Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg has banned Wells Fargo from its list of approved underwriters for one year, citing...

Why Pension Funding Crisis Hits Schools Hardest
October 18, 2016 Education is potentially the most important public service to suffer from the $1.7 trillion pension funding crisis, said a...

Pittsburgh Looks to Exit Oversight by 2019
October 13, 2016 Pittsburgh is poised to leave state fiscal oversight by 2019, said Mayor Bill Peduto.

Connecticut Treasury Names Investment Funds Deputy Chief
October 12, 2016 Laurie Martin is deputy chief investment officer for Connecticut’s $30 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds,...

Hartford Mayor Calls Downgrade to Junk a 'Sober Assessment'
October 11, 2016 Hartford, Conn., Mayor Luke Bronin called his city's four-notch downgrade to junk by Moody's "a sober assessment" of the...

Pennsylvania to Give Wells Fargo Second Thought
October 7, 2016 Pennsylvania Treasurer Timothy Reese expects to huddle with Wells Fargo representatives soon in light of the bank's...

L Line Shutdown Prompts Calls for N.Y. Transit Alternatives
October 6, 2016 The planned shutdown of the L subway line through Brooklyn has spawned widespread calls in New York to spend capital dollars...

Pennsylvania Governor Says Local Pension Bill in the Works
October 6, 2016 Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, while dodging specifics, said he and legislative leaders are working on a local pension overhaul...

Pennsylvania Auditor: Municipal Pensions Need State-Level Fix
October 5, 2016 Pennsylvania's local pension funding problem requires a comprehensive state-level fix, said state Auditor General Eugene...

Rhode Island Plans $250M Garvee Sale
October 4, 2016 Rhode Island Commerce Corp. plans a negotiated sale of $250 million in Series 2016B state Department of Transportation grant...

The Port Authority Steers a Return to its Transportation Roots
September 30, 2016 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is plotting a return to its transportation roots, though unraveling its real...

Wells Fargo in Crosshairs of N.Y. City, Connecticut
September 29, 2016 New York City and Connecticut officials became the latest to take aim at Wells Fargo as the bank's fake-accounts scandal...

Rhode Island to Trim Pension Hedge Fund Exposure by Half
September 28, 2016 Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner's new investment strategy will trim the state's exposure to hedge funds by more than half.

MTA Board OKs Bond Underwriters, But Not Wells Fargo
September 28, 2016 The board of New York's MTA approved its new rotation of bond underwriters while holding off on the application of Wells Fargo...

James Colby, Senior Municipal Strategist and author of the Muni Nation blog at Van Eck, stopped by The Bond Buyer recently to chat with Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett about municipal market performance. He also discussed the stability of munis versus other asset classes, muni bond fund inflows versus money market fund outflows, muni exchange traded funds, and what to expect in the last quarter the year.

The SEC's MCDC initiative is causing many municipal issuers and underwriters to change the way they do things.

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