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Reducing Risk to Payment of State and Local Government Debt Obligations, Statutory Liens from Rhode Island to California SB222
Government finance officers readily will admit that they consider assuring access to the capital markets at a low cost as part of their duties to their respective governmental bodies. The interest rates or the cost of borrowing is viewed generally as a reflection of the perceived risk in repayment of the debt. Recent history has shown that, when perception of risk of repayment is high, so is the annual interest rate or annual yield. Continue
U.S. Demographic Shifts: Millennials Now Comprise One Quarter of Population
Move over, baby boomers, millennials are taking over the country - and not just when it comes to smart phones and social media. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, millennials number 83.1 million, exceeding the size of the 75.4 million baby boomer population. The Census Bureau also reports that the U.S. population is becoming increasingly diverse. Continue
Is Obamacare Fraying Our Healthcare Safety Net?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") is providing a unique set of challenges for the nation’s healthcare safety net providers, which provide essential healthcare services to those in need, regardless of their ability to pay. Is the ACA fraying our healthcare safety net? The answer is: yes and no ... How hospitals in general and safety net providers specifically are faring under the ACA depends on a multiplicity of factors Continue
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