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The History of Payment of State and Local Government Debt in the United States

Past economic downturns have taught us the importance of state and local governments to timely pay their public debts. The default rate for state and local government debt has been relatively low, especially compared to corporate debt default. However, we may be closer to a tipping point and departure from the historical assurances than we have ever been. Continue

Assessing the Credit Quality of America’s Cities-Part Two: The Achilles Heel to the Fiscal Condition of Cities - Public Pensions

In the second part of our series on city credit quality, the spotlight shifts to the Achilles heel for many cities: public pensions. While most cities have recovered from the recession, a number remain fiscally stressed and exposed to a host of significant liabilities, especially related to retirement benefits. Continue

Should Congress Pass HR 870 Allowing Puerto Rico to Authorize Its Municipalities Including Public Corporations to File Chapter 9?

Puerto Rico, its municipalities and public corporations are facing a significant financial challenge. The question is whether they are better served with one-off legislation such as The Recovery Act and the accompanying litigation, uncertainty and controversy or the passage of HR 870. Continue

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MuniNet Conference & Webinar Guide

Conference Name Location Date
Solutions for Housing Communications: Building Acceptance for Affordable Housing Seattle, Washington April 7–April 8, 2015
American Public Works Association: 2015 North American Snow Conference Grand Rapids, Michigan April 12–April 15, 2015
American Planning Association: 2015 National Planning Conference Seattle, Washington April 18–April 21, 2015
U.S. High Speed Rail Association: High Speed Rail Conference 2015 Washington, DC April 21–April 23, 2015
National Association of Bond Lawyers: 2015 Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar Orlando, Florida April 22–April 24, 2015
National Association of State Budget Officers: Spring Meeting on State Fiscal Conditions Austin, Texas April 23–April 24, 2015
Facing the Storm: Severe Weather Challenges Confronting New York State in the 21st Century Albany, New York April 23–April 23, 2015

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