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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Pass $320 Million for Water Port
September 17, 2014 The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey passed a resolution authorizing $320 million for the improvement of its...

Puerto Rico House Bill Would Put TRANS Under New York Jurisdiction
September 17, 2014 Puerto Rico House of Representatives President Jaime Porelló Borás is working to have Puerto Rico's anticipated $900 million...

S&P Raises Erie County, N.Y., Three Notches to AA-Minus
September 16, 2014 Standard & Poor's raised Erie County, N.Y.'s general obligation rating to AA-minus from A-minus on strong budgetary performance.

Port Authority to Discuss $320 Million for Greenville Yard Marine Terminal
September 16, 2014 Port Authority of New York and New Jersey staff are proposing that it spend $320 million for the redevelopment of the...

EPA Rejects Loan for Tappan Zee Bridge
September 16, 2014 The United States Environmental Protection Agency rejected most of New York's $511 million loan request for the new Tappan Zee...

Concerns Voiced about LIPA's Expanding Debt Load
September 12, 2014 Despite a significant restructuring of operations and finances in the wake of its poor performance after Hurricane Sandy, the...

Puerto Rico's August Revenues Come in 5.8% Short
September 12, 2014 Puerto Rico's August revenues were 5.8% less than projections.

Puerto Rico Plans to Sell $900 Million TRANS
September 12, 2014 Puerto Rico plans to sell a $900 million tax and revenue anticipation note within the next 30 days.

DiNapoli: New York Local Infrastructure Spending is Down and Inadequate
September 11, 2014 Local government spending in New York State on roads, bridges, and water and sewer systems declined by approximately 8% to...

S&P Downgrades New Jersey to A
September 10, 2014 Standard & Poor's downgraded New Jersey's general obligation rating to A from A-plus on Wednesday.


Issuance of municipal MSA tobacco bonds by states was the subject of a highly critical article published by ProPublica. The article attempts to make a case that states erred in deciding to issue tobacco bonds. The article was widely circulated across social media. As we frequently observe, the national media focus on the muni market is appreciated, but the facts got muddied in the pursuit of a good story.

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