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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

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...

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...

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.

N.Y. MTA to Market Floaters
September 27, 2016 New York MTA intends to market five subseries of floating rate securities totaling $242 million and also refund $500 million...

MTA Puts Wells Fargo Business on Hold
September 26, 2016 New York MTA has put business with Wells Fargo Securities and approval as a senior manager for bond transactions on hold...

NYC Housing Development Board Approves Enderlin as Chief
September 23, 2016 The New York City Housing Development Corp. board approved the appointment of Eric Enderlin as president.

School Funding Case Hovers Over Connecticut
September 23, 2016 A school funding case adds another layer of financial uncertainty for the beleaguered state government.

Hartford Stunner: Four-Notch Downgrade from S&P
September 23, 2016 Hartford’s four-notch downgrade by S&P to BBB was dramatic, given the markets’ longstanding awareness of the fiscal woes in...

Stringer: Triple NYC Earned Income Credit, Start Land Bank
September 22, 2016 New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer proposes tripling the city's earned-income tax credit contribution from 5% to 15% the...

Boston University Gets Improved Outlook
September 22, 2016 Moody's revises Boston University's outlook to positive from stable while affirming the school's A1 rating.

Capital Funds to Backstop LIRR Renovations
September 22, 2016 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced capital investments to improve two key stations on the Long Island Rail Road's 40-mile...

Schilling 38 Studios Deal Could Push First Southwest to Settle
September 21, 2016 The settlement by former baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and other 38 Studios executives with Rhode Island could push lone...

City Agency Approves Yankee Stadium Refunding
September 20, 2016 A city agency unanimously approved the New York Yankees’ stadium bond refunding of roughly $1 billion.

Pawtucket, R.I., Gets Two-Notch Boost from Moody’s
September 20, 2016 Pawtucket, R.I., received a two-notch upgrade to A3 from Moody’s, which cited the 71,000-population city’s “improved and...

Hartford Mayor, Staring at Insolvency, Wants Regional Solution
September 16, 2016 Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin timed his latest dire financial picture about his city’s government with a call for a regional...

Yanks Aim for Mid-October Bond Refunding
September 15, 2016 The New York Yankees expect to price a $1.2 billion stadium bond refunding in mid-October.

Stringer Honors Investment Managers for Diversity
September 13, 2016 Four investment management firms received awards from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer for diversity initiatives on...

Lower Manhattan's Revival Drives Infrastructure Needs
September 13, 2016 Lower Manhattan has come back from the 9/11 attacks with a much larger population than it had before, creating new capital...

How Bonds Helped New York Rebuild After 9/11
September 12, 2016 Municipal bonds played a key role in New York City’s rebound from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade...


Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, in an in-depth chat with Bond Buyer northeast regional editor Paul Burton, explains how the state can rebound through infrastructure. He also talks about his push to require investment firms to reveal public pension fees, lessons learned from the 38 Studios debacle, and his teaching days in post-Katrina Louisiana early in his career.

Regardless of which candidate takes the oath of office next January, improving our country’s infrastructure will be on the next president’s agenda.

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