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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


Politics, public policy and public interest are the fundamental building blocks for public private partnerships in infrastructure. more »
Continuing claims data and a recent Washington Post column shed light on economic dispersion around the nation. We also review the effectiveness of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation program and the Government Development Bank’s index of Puerto Rico’s economic health. more »
There are compelling reasons to convert to a decimal system for rating municipal bonds from the current alpha-numeric rating scheme. more »
Signals from the Philly Fed Index show an increase in the dispersion of economic health among the States. more »
The Obama administration's proposal to create a new class of tax-exempt debt that is permitted within the context and requirements of public private partnership is a hopeful sign of a way forward in creating a new hybrid infrastructure financing model. more »
Our recently released proprietary DIVER Geo Score rank the strongest and weakest States, and show the Garden State, which once had one of the strongest state economies in the nation, has lagged. more »
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 »

Politics, public policy and public interest are the fundamental building blocks for public private partnerships in infrastructure.

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