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Gov. Phil Murphy signed New Jersey’s largest budget into law Thursday. As the nation faces an economic slowdown, Murphy addressed a joint session of New Jersey legislators and told them that the record $50.6 billion spending package, which follows strong consecutive tax seasons and includes a $7.8 billion surplus, avoided using “temporary windfalls for long-term
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A year-long dispute over nine Puerto Rico-based investment funds that hold municipal securities has intensified over the past few weeks, raising issues of disclosure, investment fund shareholder voting, and Securities and Exchange Commission regulations. Puerto Rico-based Ocean Capital said it is trying to gain control of several tax-free Puerto Rico-based income funds through fairly electing
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Municipals were steady to firmer in spots in secondary trading as a large revenue bond offering from the New York City Transitional Finance Authority took the focus and saw yields lowered in a repricing. U.S. Treasuries improved on rising recession concerns while equities ended nearly flat. Municipals underperformed the moves to lower yields in UST,
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Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, recently tapped to head up the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ newly created public-private partnership task force, thinks now is the perfect time for cities to consider P3s for their infrastructure projects. “The Biden administration is really doing a lot for cities right now,” Dickens said. The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and
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Puerto Rico bankruptcy Judge Laura Taylor Swain this week approved key Puerto Rico Highways and Transportation Authority bankruptcy documents and dates, moving the plan closer to confirmation with a final hearing set for mid-August. Swain filed her order Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico, approving the Oversight Board-proposed disclosure statement, ballots, and
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Karl K. Klessig, an investor who two years ago sought to acquire the former Golden Pacific Bancorp in Sacramento, California, was banned from the banking industry for providing a fraudulent loan document and forged signature in his application, the Federal Reserve Board said Friday. “Klessig’s deceptive conduct in connection with his effort to acquire control
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The small size of most of America’s municipal governments may once have offered them anonymity and a degree of safety from hackers seeking bigger ransomware payouts from larger organizations. That dynamic is changing and cybercriminals, balancing risk and reward in a shifting security landscape, have found local governments a path of low resistance for smaller
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Constructive secondary trading and an active primary pushed triple-A muni yields lower on the back of a U.S. Treasury flight-to-safety rally after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged for the first time that it was “certainly a possibility” the U.S. economy may face a recession as the Fed continues to contend with inflation. “Inflation has
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Moody’s Investors Service boosted Denver International Airport’s bond ratings a notch ahead of a $1.84 billion sale for its current capital plan. The senior revenue bond rating was raised to Aa3 from A1 and the rating on subordinate revenue bonds was upgraded to A1 from A2, affecting about $5.2 billion of outstanding debt.  “The ratings
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The former chief administrative officer of Johnson City, Texas falsified financial statements and misled investors in an attempt to hide his ongoing embezzlement of city funds, the Securities and Exchange Commission alleged Thursday. Michael Anthony Holland, who was also Johnson City’s secretary, stole $1.12 million from the city between 2015 and 2020, using the money
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Eleven U.S. sites were chosen Thursday to host some of World Cup soccer matches in 2026, an event that could add millions of dollars to a municipality’s coffers. FIFA, the governing body of international soccer, said Miami-Dade County, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston and the New York-New Jersey area were among the 11 U.S. locations chosen to
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Texas is getting closer to producing a list of financial companies that it deems to be boycotting energy businesses — a move that could further diminish the number of big banks eligible to underwrite municipal bonds in the state. The looming list and a law barring banks that “discriminate” against the firearm industry from deals
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Municipals took a backseat as the Federal Open Market Committee announced its decision to implement a three-quarter point rate hike while U.S. Treasuries rallied into late afternoon following the news. Equities rallied. The move, prompted partly by hotter-than-expected inflation data Friday, is the largest rate hike since 1994. “Investors appear encouraged that the FOMC is
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