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Illinois chipped away at its long-term obligations in fiscal 2022 with healthy tax revenue growth and federal funds allowing the state to halt a decade long dive deep into negative territory, according to a recently published interim audit. The state’s net position of governmental activities, which covers government services and tax collections and provides a
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Federal Reserve officials quietly tightened internal restrictions on employees’ political activities after several reserve banks ran afoul of Congress over real or perceived engagement on issues within the domain of elected officials. The code of conduct, as updated in late 2022, now explicitly prohibits the kind of activity engaged in by Minneapolis Fed President Neel
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The northwestern Nevada city of Sparks had its issuer rating and the bond rating on special district bonds that funded the development of shopping, retail and entertainment district upgraded Friday by Moody’s Investors Service. Sparks, a city of 103,230 located in Washoe County that borders Reno, was upgraded to A1 from A2 and had a
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Republicans have finalized their roster of subcommittee chairs for the powerful House Ways and Means committee, one of the municipal market’s key panels. Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Mike Kelly will lead the newly-renamed tax subcommittee, formerly known as the Select Revenue Measures subcommittee, which writes tax policy and oversees tax collections. The position puts him in
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The city of Miami and the county of Miami-Dade continue to rebound from the pandemic with unprecedented economic growth coupled with record low unemployment rates. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava unveiled plans to create an authority to fund innovation while Miami City Mayor Francis Suarez focused on the environment and housing affordability. “Companies will
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Municipals were steady Thursday in the secondary market while an $830 million deal from the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority took focus in the primary. U.S. Treasuries yields rose after the fourth-quarter gross domestic product report was better than expected and equities ended up. The three-year muni-UST ratio was at 54%, the five-year at 57%,
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Local governments have a new legal advocate in cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Government Finance Officers Association has joined with the National League of Cities, National Association of Counties and the International Municipal Lawyers Association to form the Local Government Legal Center, which will promote local government priorities before the nation’s top
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Genera PR was approved to oversee Puerto Rico’s electricity generation. Gov. Pedro Pierluisi and the Puerto Rico Oversight Board both announced Wednesday they approved the selection. Genera PR is a subsidiary of New Fortress Energy. The company is a liquefied natural gas company, which, among other things, builds LNG import facilities. It plans to transform
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Roger Millar, AASHTO’s new president and chief of Washington’s Department of Transportation, joins Caitlin Devitt to talk about the rollout of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, how a tight labor market and inflation are impacting capital plans, what a divided Congress means for transportation and an update on the Pacific Northwest’s high speed rail project. (24
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Municipal bond issuers are worried about what the recently passed Financial Data Transparency Act is going to cost them to implement, they said at a recent industry gathering. “We are concerned about having to purchase new equipment or new software packages,” said Barry Fick, executive director of the Minnesota Higher Education Facilities Authority. “You get
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Connecticut’s surplus projection for the current fiscal year received a $324.7 million boost. The Connecticut Office for Policy and Budget Management’s recently announced forecast for fiscal 2023, which runs through June, projects general fund revenue of $23.2 billion. Compared to December’s projections, revenues are up $265.3 million and expenses are down $59.4 million. That $324.7
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