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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

Doubts as to the quality or effectiveness of Indiana's intercept program are misplaced. more »
Congress should end Puerto Rico's exclusion from federal bankruptcy protection — but it's unfair to leave the territory's existing creditors in the lurch. more »
Discussion at a recent industry panel addressed possible impacts of the global economy on U.S. states and describe additional metrics to watch to monitor health of municipal pensions. more »
There are few lay-ups in muni bond investing, but jettisoning buy-and-hold for dynamic tax management may be one of them. more »
As 2015 begins, capital markets participants would do well to reflect on the lessons of recent Chapter 9 proceedings. more »
The ruling that the former mayor was liable for violations of securities laws as a "control person" is one of which every official of a state or local government issuing debt should be aware. more »
The suspension of the nation's debt limit expires March 15, with important implications for municipal issuers selling refunding debt during the next several weeks. more »
Qualified Public Infrastructure Bond plan marks a further step in the Obama administration's Build America Investment Initiative. more »
The White House generated fresh ideas aimed at curing the nation's infrastructure woes in its budget proposal, but shot itself in the foot by including a limit on the federal tax exemption for municipal bonds. more »
The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has a long history of fiscal uncertainty and structural deficits. Responding to decades of general fund deficits in 2014, the rating services lowered the ratings on the Commonwealth’s general obligation credit to below investment grade, or junk status. more »
Contrary to the assertion in a Bond Buyer article that the 2010s may turn out to be the decade of the municipal bankruptcy, it is remarkable how few muni bankruptcies were sought in the wake of the most severe fiscal crisis to hit local governments since the Great Depression. more »
The Internal Revenue Service has announced a simplified process for issuers that have loaned proceeds of qualified 501(c)(3) bonds to borrowers that automatically lost their tax-exempt status for failing to file annual returns or notices for three consecutive years, but have subsequently received reinstatement of their tax-exempt status from the IRS. more »
The Florida dirt bond sector, after retrenching dramatically during the financial crisis, is showing signs of recovery in both market activity and credit measures. more »

Doubts as to the quality or effectiveness of Indiana's intercept program are misplaced.

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