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Sep 17, 2013

U.S. internet sales tax bill to follow seven principles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation that the U.S. House of Representatives will soon take up on allowing states to tax online purchases will follow seven major principles, including keeping the system simple for small businesses and ensuring it will not lead to new taxes, sources present at talks on the matter said on Tuesday.

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte is expected to release the long-awaited principles on Wednesday, after committee staff briefed House members’ staff in a special meeting.

Sep 12, 2013

U.S. states still holding back on school spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Public schools around the United States are still waiting to feel the recovery from an economic recession that officially ended four years ago, mostly because states have kept education spending low and property taxes remain depressed, according to a report released on Thursday.

At least 34 states are providing less funding per student in the current school year than before the recession hit. Moreover, at least 15 have lower funding than a year ago, according to the liberal-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, which closely tracks state spending.

Sep 10, 2013

Recession risk gone in all U.S. states but 1 -Moody’s Analytics

WASHINGTON, Sept 10 (Reuters) – All U.S. states except for
Delaware have escaped the possibility of falling back into
recession, as they reap the rewards of strong private-sector
employment and a burgeoning energy sector, according to an
analysis released on Tuesday.

Moody’s Analytics, which tracks state and metropolitan
economies, added Illinois, Wisconsin and Alabama to its list of
states in recovery. That left Delaware alone in its “at risk of
recession” category.

Aug 29, 2013

U.S. municipal bond funds report 14th week of outflows -Lipper

WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (Reuters) – U.S. municipal bond funds
reported net outflows $1.74 billion in the week ended Aug. 28,
lower than the $2.14 billion of outflows in the previous week,
according to data released by Lipper on Thursday.

It was the 14th week in a row of outflows, which kept the
four-week moving average negative at $1.52 billion, said Lipper,
a unit of Thomson Reuters.

Aug 20, 2013

U.S. municipal bond market braces for tax overhaul

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Weeks before lawmakers unveil a proposed overhaul of the U.S. tax code, investors and firms tied to the municipal bond market are trying to head off their worst fear – caps or cuts to the tax exemption for interest on debt sold by cities, states and other government bodies.

Traders, issuers and investors say they may have to fight a two-front battle as the exemption could also be targeted during congressional negotiations expected next month on the federal debt ceiling.

Aug 20, 2013

Moody’s: Outlook for U.S. states improves after five years

By Lisa Lambert

(Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday revised its outlook for U.S. states to stable from negative, marking a significant improvement in its assessment of state finances after cutting its outlook for the sector more than five years ago.

The rating agency said that the uncertainty surrounding federal budget cuts has diminished, revenue growth for many states has exceeded expectations, and budget reserves are continuing to grow.

Aug 20, 2013

Moody’s: Outlook for US states improves after 5 years

Aug 20 (Reuters) – Moody’s Investors Service on Tuesday
revised its outlook for U.S. states to stable from negative,
marking a significant improvement in its assessment of state
finances after cutting its outlook for the sector more than five
years ago.

The rating agency said that the uncertainty surrounding
federal budget cuts has diminished, revenue growth for many
states has exceeded expectations, and budget reserves are
continuing to grow.

Aug 18, 2013

Growing number of U.S. lawmakers urge suspension of Egyptian aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing bipartisan chorus of U.S. lawmakers said on Sunday that the United States should suspend its $1.5 billion in military and economic aid to Egypt following a violent crackdown on protesters that has left nearly 800 dead.

Senator John McCain, a top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he now supported suspending the aid, even though he initially believed it should be continued after the Egyptian military removed democratically elected President Mohamed Mursi from office last month.

Aug 8, 2013

S&P index shows Detroit filing cost market $13.8 bln

WASHINGTON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Detroit’s filing for the
largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history has cost the
municipal bond market $13.8 billion in the last three weeks, S&P
Dow Jones Indices said in a research note on Thursday.

The S&P Municipal Bond Index, a major benchmark tracking
over $1.4 trillion in bonds, has returned a negative 0.97
percent since the filing on July 18, as bond prices have fallen
and yields have risen, said J.R. Rieger, the company’s vice
president of fixed income indices.

Jul 25, 2013

‘No Bailout’: Senators look to pre-empt U.S. aid to Detroit

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S.
Senate want to make sure the federal government does not become
involved in the financial maelstrom hitting Detroit, which filed
for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history last week.

They have proposed at least three “No Bailout” amendments to
spending bills that the Senate is currently considering, all of
which would limit the U.S. government’s ability to help cities
in fiscal crisis.