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Florida gained 32,900 private sector jobs in March, continuing its rapid pace of employment growth, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity said Friday. “Florida has seen 11 consecutive months of private sector job growth. Our unemployment rate is 4.7% — far below the national rate of 6.0%,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a Tweet Friday.
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Indiana expects about a $2.4 billion bounce in revenue through 2023, joining the parade of states with healthier-than-expected revenue projections, which along with new COVID-19 pandemic-related federal relief is fueling debate on spending priorities. Indiana raised its current year, fiscal 2021 general fund tax revenue projection by 2.6%, or $463 million to about $18.2 billion
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Municipals were firmer in spots in secondary trading but benchmark curves mostly held steady after a strong week that moved yields by as much as 10 basis points lower. U.S. Treasury weakness early Friday morning hit the breaks for munis, which will see an elevated bond volume next week with some marquee names that may
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Federal statistics show Puerto Rico’s employment increased in recent months. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics household survey, Puerto Rico’s number of employed increased 0.7% in March from February. According to BLS’s survey of non-farm establishments, employment went up 0.3% in the period. Though the household survey only shows a single month of
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Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped 0.3% to 4.5% in March, the state Department of Labor said Friday, which is far below the national average of 6.0%. “Georgia’s economy is firing on all cylinders as a result of our balanced approach in protecting both lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Brian Kemp. “While we
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Puerto Rico’s path to statehood remains muddled because of differences among key members of Congress on how to resolve the territory’s political status. That was highlighted at a Wednesday afternoon hearing by the House Natural Resources Committee that didn’t resolve the conflict between two competing bills that lay out different paths to follow. Chairman Raul
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The municipal market rallied Thursday with robust secondary activity, primary deals repricing lower, following better-than-expected economic data, a much stronger U.S. Treasury market, and high-yield municipal bond mutual funds reporting a record $1.28 billion of inflows. Municipals were stronger as the reality of an improved credit outlook, and strong demand buoyed by fund flows and
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Municipals firmed across the yield curve after a strongly bid deal from gilt-edge Delaware and active secondary activity moved levels lower by two to four basis points while nearly $2 billion more inflows were reported into municipal bond mutual funds. The Investment Company Institute Wednesday reported another week of inflows with $1.995 billion coming into
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The slow release of audited financial information from states and local governments has been a long-standing defect of the municipal market. Municipal analysts are challenged to make credit decisions in real-time, while using financial data that is woefully outdated. How is a municipal bond investor supposed to properly gauge the credit quality of an issuer
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Former National Association of State Treasurers President David Damschen is resigning as Utah State treasurer at the end of the month. Damschen is leaving office to become the president and CEO of the Utah Housing Corp. Damschen told The Salt Lake Tribune on Monday that he is “excited I can focus on helping to find
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The infrastructure policy debate is kicking into high gear as Congress returns to Washington and key stakeholders, including the American Securities Association, will be making the rounds on Capitol Hill to make the case for our industry’s vital role in infrastructure. A real opportunity exists and if done right, America’s investment in infrastructure will create
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Municipal bonds were steady Monday ahead of a smaller, taxable-focused calendar, while U.S. Treasuries rose slightly after auctions and equities took a day off from breaking records. The week opened up with yields 10 to 15 basis points lower from the start of the month, “but that isn’t denting buyer enthusiasm,” said Kim Olsan, senior
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A late amendment to New York State’s just-passed $212 billion budget restricts $1.3 billion of bonding for the Empire Station Complex project at Manhattan’s Penn Station to transportation expenses, “and not for above-grade development contemplated in the general project plan.” While the move prohibits Gov. Andrew Cuomo from using the funds for his “15 Penn”
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The Bond Dealers of America have launched an initiative to highlight projects across the country financed by municipal bonds as infrastructure discussions between lawmakers resume next week. The initiative, Infrastructure in America: Munis Since 1812, was announced Friday, as part of BDA’s Municipal Bonds for America lobbying effort. “We’re going to work with people in
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The question of whether pensions and other retirement benefits should be more prominently reported by state and local governments is a burning controversy for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. What’s at stake is whether the public is being misled by when a governmental general fund is listed in financial statements as balanced while omitting those
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Stephanie Wiggins has been tapped to head the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority as the transit agency struggles to recover from pandemic-driven ridership losses. As LA Metro’s CEO, Wiggins will manage a budget of nearly $7 billion and oversee up to $20 billion in capital construction projects. The agency has 11,000 employees that transport
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The municipal market took a breather on Friday after a busy week which brought with it continued strength as triple-A general obligation yield curves were largely unchanged and Treasuries were stronger. A hefty slate of taxables, corporate CUSIP and university-led issues will dominate the calendar next week. An estimated $7.33 billion of new supply is
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Chicago will host a virtual investors’ conference May 6 with the municipal market looking for insights into how the city will use its $1.8 billion of new federal relief, manage rising pension payments and the long-term COVID-19 fiscal fallout. The city has so far only sent out a “Save the Date” for the May 6
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