WASHINGTON - New population estimates released by the Census Bureau yesterday for 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, coupled with an inflation adjustment for the 20 smallest states and the district, will boost the amount of private-activity bonds that can be issued nationwide in 2009 to $30.607 billion.

The increase represents a $1.795 billion, or 6.2%, uptick over the $28.812 billion of PAB capacity for 2008.

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