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S&P Closely Watching States' FY-2015 Budgets
Standard & Poor's said in a report released Wednesday that it is closely watching states' fiscal 2015 budgets for signs of over-spending or large tax cuts.
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Airports may someday face competition from high-speed rail, but that's not a sure thing yet, Kroll Bond Rating Agency said in a new report on rating methodology for general airport revenue bonds.  more »
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Former Bank of America executive Douglas Lee Campbell received no fine or prison from federal Judge Kimba Wood for his role in rigging municipal bond contracts.  more »
A new office at the U.S. Treasury Department will focus on state and local finance issues, including distressed municipalities and their management of pensions and other liabilities.  more »
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The Berea City School District in Ohio said that it can redeem $12.87 million of series 2009B certificates of participation designated as Build America Bonds because its subsidy payments were reduced due to sequestration.  more »
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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board will discuss plans to rebuild the MSRB's real-time reporting system, as well as comments it has received on its proposed municipal advisor conduct rule and best execution rule when the board meets in Alexandria, Va. next week.  more »
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A recent phenomenon is the emergence of bonds with shorter call protection as funding alternatives for municipalities. However, the shorter call protection also dampens the potential upside for investors, which in turn reduces the price they are willing to pay.

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