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The White House is urging cities and towns to set up infrastructure coordinators to take advantage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu, speaking Friday at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ winter meeting, said local officials should appoint advisors and task forces to coordinate with state and federal agencies
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WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve released a long-awaited report examining the potential ramifications of issuing a digital version of the U.S. dollar, saying it would not create one without a clear directive from elected officials. The 40-page report, released Thursday, coincides with a request for feedback from the Fed on the impact of a hypothetical
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President Biden’s intentions to split up his Build Back Better bill after Sen. Joe Manchin ended its hopes of passing last month offers public finance advocates new hope for the inclusion of advance refunding, a bank-qualified expansion and a direct-pay bond program in the resulting legislation. In a press conference Wednesday, Biden said he now
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Municipals faced another weaker day with benchmark yield curves seeing two to four basis point cuts, underperforming a slightly better U.S. Treasury market, while equities ended in the red. Munis played catch up to the large selloff in Treasuries since Friday, holding municipal to UST ratios steady. The five-year was at 54%, 68% in 10
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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has launched EMMA Labs, its “innovation sandbox” that aims to enhance and accelerate the use of data analytics throughout the municipal securities market. The platform builds off of data submitted through EMMA and with the roll out of the platform, launches two “Active Labs,”: a keyword search engine that sources
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U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain approved the Plan of Adjustment for Puerto Rico’s central government bonds and obligations Tuesday afternoon, setting the stage for the commonwealth to exit bankruptcy after more than four years of intense negotiations over its massive debts. The action sets the restructuring terms for about $33 billion of debts
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Michigan heads into its next budget season with billions more in anticipated revenue to spend along with remaining federal coronavirus relief, setting the stage for debate over where to direct the windfall amid warnings that the stellar growth won’t last. The state’s revenue estimating conference on Thursday lifted projections for the current fiscal year that
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In 2021, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York overtook the state of California for the top spot. New York City, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Ohio Buckeye Tobacco Financing Authority, the New York Urban Development Corp., New Jersey and Massachusetts were ousted from the top 10 in 2021. All the
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The top municipal underwriters accounted for $456.44 billion in 11,808 transactions for 2021 compared to $451.24 billion in 11,849 deals in 2020. BofA Securities led with $62.01 billion of deals. Out of the top five, only BofA Securities and Morgan Stanley increased market share year-over-year. Stifel Nicolas & Co. moved into the top 10, while
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The Internal Revenue Service has revised its Form 8038-CP to facilitate electronic filing, which will be out later this year. “The January 2022 revisions simplifies the filing process for issuers when providing certain explanations and supplemental information,” the IRS said in an instructional video introducing the new form. “Additionally, revisions to the form were needed
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Local officials Friday hailed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rollout of a nearly $28 billion bridge program that highlights spending on smaller, local bridges across the country. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides $40 billion in funding for bridges over the next five years, including $27.5 billion in the Bridge Formula Program. The program
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Chicago Public Schools’ $872 million of junk-rated paper met with a more fickle high-yield audience this week, underscoring the district’s vulnerability to market volatility even as it inches closer to investment grade status. At attractive spreads that offered a healthy yield kick with many maturities offering 4% coupons, the bonds were 2.2 times oversubscribed, CPS
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Municipal benchmark yields were steady to firmer by a basis point 10-years and out Thursday as U.S. Treasuries were stronger and equities sold off led by tech stocks. The municipal primary dominated the day with several large deals pricing. The correction to higher yields over the past week is allowing investors to be more selective
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Municipal bonds were largely unchanged Wednesday, the first session in a week in which benchmark yield curves were not cut, while the primary provided more guidance for a supply-starved market. U.S. Treasuries were flat 10-years and in, but softer on the long bond and equities ended in the black. Municipal to UST ratios rose slightly
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Municipal secondary selling pressure remained elevated on bonds inside 10 years while the larger primary got underway and deals saw bumps in repricings as U.S. Treasuries made small gains and equities rallied. Triple-A benchmark yields saw one to four basis point cuts while U.S. Treasuries ended the session better. Municipal to UST ratios rose slightly
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Major challenges for the public finance industry abound but rising interest rates is the largest concern for business in 2022, market participants said in a Bond Buyer/Arizent Research survey. Nearly 60% of respondents said rising interest rates are their biggest worry, followed by regulatory requirements or changes at 45% and a lack of face-to-face communication
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Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin announced plans Thursday to run for state controller entering an increasingly congested race. The termed-out Galperin seeks to replace State Controller Betty Yee, who also terms out this year. He throws his hat into a race that already includes Republican Lanhee Chen, a former George W. Bush White House
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The United States Department of Justice on Friday told the Puerto Rico bankruptcy judge it would defend the constitutionality of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, the law governing the bankruptcy process that has been challenged by several parties. The move may slow the confirmation process of the Plan of Adjustment. U.S.
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Among the U.S. Virgin Islands government’s many problems is an economy that shrunk 24% in real terms from 2009 to 2019. The territory’s economy has continued to struggle in the past two years, with the islands’ employment down 9.5% through from February 2020 to October 2021, according to New York Federal Reserve Bank Early Benchmarked
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