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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 chart the most recent State economic data from the Philly Fed, respond to a reader inquiry regarding our previous discussion of SLGS, and highlight a little noticed piece of Puerto Rico news from last week. more »
Data from the U.S. Treasury on State and Local Government Series Securities indicate the amount of pre-refunded bonds outstanding may be shrinking. more »
This week, we discuss a new measure of pension funding, examine the impact of oil prices on labor markets in oil dependent States and discuss changing levels of food stamp participation. more »
A review of our proprietary DIVER Geo Scores highlights the strongest and weakest States. And we provide an update to drought conditions in California and identify some states that face export challenges. more »
This week, we check in on how quickly States and cities are submitting their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report's and examine what the State filings are telling us regarding debt growth. more »
An examination of county level employment data shows some counties aren't participating in the reported national revival. more »
Although defaults have not yet occurred, it is not too early for holders to take a hard look at the applicable bond documents to evaluate their rights and leverage in the restructurings or refinancings that have begun and which may proliferate in the years ahead. more »
Some local governments may require extraordinary financial assistance from the Commonwealth, adding to pressure on its general obligations. more »
The Tax Reform Act for Puerto Rico presented by Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla is the significant change Puerto Rico needs to stimulate the commonwealth's economic development and confront the Island's fiscal challenges. more »
The most recent Mortgage Delinquency Rates highlight a wide dispersion across the nation, while analysis of municipal bond ratios to Treasuries shows munis may not be a "cheap" as you thought. more »
Don't be surprised if some of these proposals ideas pop up in whatever tax legislative vehicle might start moving forward later in the year. more »
Given the magnitude and condition of U.S. infrastructure and the Federal push to "level the playing field" by expanding the availability of tax-exempt finance for public-private partnership procurements, the U.S. is poised to become a very active and substantial P3 market. more »
Some pension obligation bonds can create a visible and fixed repayment plan to tackle the unfunded pension liability monster that is stealthily growing underneath the budget table of many state and local governments. more »

This week, we discuss a new measure of pension funding, examine the impact of oil prices on labor markets in oil dependent States and discuss changing levels of food stamp participation.

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