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The Bond Buyer accepts bylined commentary pieces of 1000 words or less for publication in the Monday edition of The Bond Buyer and The Bond Buyer online. The deadline for submissions is Noon on the Thursday prior to publication. We reserve the right to edit submissions.

Letters to the editor of 500 words or less can also be submitted for publication.

To submit a Commentary or Letter to the Editor, email the document to Editor in Chief Gavin Murphy at gavin.murphy@sourcemedia.com

This week we cover two quite different topics, starting with the most recent FEMA data regarding Hurricane Matthew. Then, in an attempt to move us beyond the "Sex, Lies and Audiotape" conversation that is occupying the minds of many Americans, we take a closer look at the importance of exports, employment and wages on the economy. more »
With voters from nine more states considering marijuana legalization in next month’s election, here’s a state-by-state chart of the revenue implications. more »
The SEC's MCDC initiative is causing many municipal issuers and underwriters to change the way they do things. more »
One of the most pronounced indicators of the improvement in Florida's economy is the decline in poverty rates. more »
Regardless of which candidate takes the oath of office next January, improving our country’s infrastructure will be on the next president’s agenda. more »
While Mayor Rahm Emanuel has chipped away at the pension problem, Chicago has come nowhere close to identifying a solution. The city must, at a bare minimum, contribute enough every year, including 2016, to ensure that the plans' funded ratio not drop below, and that their unfunded liabilities not exceed, 2015 levels. more »
Colorado's economy has shown the strongest improvement among states over the last year. The economies of Maryland, Wisconsin and Florida also continue to show strong improvement, while energy and commodity dependent states continue to show the weakest performance. more »
The orders provide some insight into what the Securities and Exchange Commission considers to be a material false or misleading statement in an offering document. more »
Restructuring the debt of Chicago and Illinois would entail about two years of unpleasant headlines, but the city and the state will rebound far sooner and less painfully than if they stay on their current paths. more »
The Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative was a particularly imaginative enforcement solution directed toward a very specific disclosure issue. more »
Attempts to boil down state government fiscal performance into bite size chunks can be Quixotic exercises, fraught with data problems and ripe for misinterpretation. more »
Puerto Rico's addiction to debt is not unlike that of an abuser to alcohol or drugs, so perhaps it is time for Puerto Rico to undertake a 12-Step Program, aided by the new financial control board. more »
While there is something wild about callable premium bonds, fortunately there may be a way to tame them. more »

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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