Downgrades to Pennsylvania communities will outpace upgrades over 12 to 18 months as local governments face credit pressure amid a weak recovery, Moody’s Investors Service said in a special report.

Most will retain their current ratings, said Moody’s. The agency maintains underlying ratings on 428 local governments in the Keystone State, as well as 240 enhanced ratings on school districts that it bases on three state intercept programs, with a total of $72.7 billion in debt outstanding.

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