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Ceremony Set for High-Speed Rail
December 31, 2014 A ceremonial groundbreaking for California's $68 billion high speed passenger rail project is scheduled in Fresno.

Oregon Brings Lottery Bonds for Transportation, Development Projects
December 31, 2014 Oregon is planning to sell $412 million of lottery bonds next week to fund development projects throughout the state and...

Washington's Lean Program Saves Millions
December 29, 2014 Washington's Performance Management Program has saved the state millions of dollars, according to a report from Gov. Jay...

S&P: Oil Decline Pressures Alaska's Finances
December 18, 2014 Standard & Poor's warned that the plunge in oil prices could hurt Alaska's credit rating, unless the state takes action to...

Highly Rated Washington Plans January GO Deal
December 18, 2014 Market participants expect strong demand for the state of Washington's $530 million general obligation bond scheduled for next...

Chiang Urges State to Tackle $72B Retiree Healthcare Liability
December 17, 2014 State Controller John Chiang issued a report warning of the growing unfunded retiree healthcare liability cost which has...

Moody's Assigns Alaska Negative Outlook
December 17, 2014 Moody's Investors Service has revised its outlook on Aaa-rated Alaska to negative from stable as plunging oil prices threaten...

Report: Despite Drought, California Economy Is Healthy
December 16, 2014 California's severe drought will cost the state billions of dollars for 2014, but its economy is still doing well, according...

Stockton Judge Denies Franklin's Request for Higher Claim
December 12, 2014 Stockton, Calif. received approval of its bankruptcy plan in October, but it continues to face challenges from its holdout...

Fitch: Alaska Rating Stable Despite Lower Oil Revenues
December 12, 2014 The state of Alaska recently lowered its revenue forecast due to declining oil prices, with no immediate impact on its credit...

S&P: California City Ratings Recover Unevenly
December 11, 2014 Ratings on many of California's cities continue to recover from the recession, but credit rating distribution in the state...

California November Revenue Misses Estimate
December 10, 2014 For the month of November, California's total revenues came in slightly below estimates, with lower-than-expected income and...

Accreditation Ruling Ahead for City College of San Francisco
December 10, 2014 A San Francisco Superior Court judge will decide in January whether to uphold a decision to terminate the accreditation of the...

Tustin USD Upgraded Ahead of Bond Sale
December 9, 2014 Tustin Unified School District, located in Orange County, Calif., has been upgraded by Moody's Investors Service ahead of its...

Oregon Port Selling $189M of Taxable Bonds
December 8, 2014 Oregon's Port of Morrow is selling $189 million of revenue bonds for the Bonneville Power Administration this week.

Strong Demand Expected for $814M Bay Area Toll Deal
December 4, 2014 California's Bay Area Toll Authority prices $814 million of revenue bonds next week in a deal structured with an eye to the...

Oregon Governor Proposes $18.6B Budget
December 2, 2014 Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is proposing to spend over half of an $18.6 billion budget on schools, community colleges, and...

Moody's Downgrades Mills College
November 26, 2014 Facing continued deficit operations, Mills College in Oakland, Calif. received a downgrade to Baa3 from Baa2 from Moody's...

Portland to Sell $85M of Water Bonds
November 26, 2014 Portland, Ore. is planning to sell $85 million of water revenue bonds to finance projects for its water system.

Moody's Downgrades Marysville Debt to Junk
November 25, 2014 Following the failure of a local ballot measure to increase its sales tax rate, Marysville, Calif. was downgraded to Baa1 from...


Daniel Berger, Senior Market Strategist at Municipal Market Data, talks about the recent rally in municipal bonds which has brought long-term yields down to record lows. He talks about continuing demand from retail investors in light of the upcoming Summer redemption season and he discusses the allure that the American tax-exempt market has for overseas buyers. He outlines the recent spread compression in quality credits and also looks at some of the market's outliers -- Puerto Rico and Chicago.

Our legislation would preserve money market funds as a source of liquidity and capital for public the infrastructure needs of our citizens.

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