WASHINGTON — State and local government groups have combined forces with dealers, bond lawyers and representatives from energy, education and other sectors to deliver a strong message to the joint congressional deficit-reduction committee: hands off our tax-exempt financing.

Twenty-two members of the municipal market groups sent a letter to the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, urging them to continue “support and commitment” for tax-exempt bond financing. The letter was sent to committee members one day before they met for the first time on Thursday.

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