Muniland

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October 14, 2021

Air traffic rebound continues to boost US airports; US city and state pension burdens ease

Analyst Earl Heffintrayer of the Project and Infrastructure Finance team discusses how the air traffic recovery is helping US airports and their ability to weather COVID-19 surges. Plus, Eva Bogaty of the US Public Finance team examines prospects for tourism destinations Hawaii and Las Vegas and Tom Aaron weighs in on investment returns reducing pension liabilities for cities and states.
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8
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September 9, 2021

US infrastructure bill would reduce lead contamination; US West drought hits water supply

Dan Kowalski and Michael Wertz of the US Public Finance team discuss the bill’s funding to replace lead service lines and water utilities facing a mix of aging assets and climate change. Plus, Steven Goodman-Leibof and Helen Cregger weigh in on the credit effects of water reductions in Arizona, Nevada and California.
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7
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August 12, 2021

Chicago and Illinois’ prospects brighten; US public finance sector proves durable

David Levett and Ted Hampton of the US Public Finance team delve into Chicago and the State of Illinois’ improved prospects despite heavy pension obligations. Also, Sarah Jensen and Al Medioli discuss the lack of pandemic-driven defaults among US public finance credits we rate.

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6
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July 8, 2021

US state debt climbs; municipalities confront wildfire and hurricane seasons

Emily Raimes of the US Public Finance team discusses the rise in state debt amid COVID-19 and the role borrowing will play as states’ infrastructure needs mount. Plus, Joe Manoleas and Val Gomez delve into the potential effects of wildfires in California and hurricanes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.
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5
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June 10, 2021

Cyber risks mount across US public finance; demographic trends shape municipalities’ economic future

Michael Osborn, Heather Correia and Matthew Cahill of the US Public Finance team discuss the increasing cyber threats facing universities, state and local governments, hospitals and transit systems. Also, Pisei Chea weighs in on what recent US Census results signal about states’ economic fortunes, while Frank Mamo comments on municipalities’ prospects as they emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
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4
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May 13, 2021

Federal aid improves US mass transit prospects; barriers to gender equality weigh on public finance

Baye Larsen and Ken Kurtz of the US Public Finance team discuss how federal aid is buoying mass transit, but that a new normal awaits, with sector-wide ridership settling in below pre-pandemic levels. Plus, Val Gomez and Marcia Van Wagner explain how the pandemic has slowed progress toward gender equality in the labor force with implications for tax revenue and the housing market.
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3
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April 8, 2021

Illinois withstands pandemic’s financial effects; US airport sector benefits from passenger lift

Ted Hampton of the US Public Finance team discusses how the State of Illinois is weathering COVID-19’s financial difficulties while pension obligations continue to weigh on its credit quality. Plus, Earl Heffintrayer and Myra Shankin of the Project and Infrastructure Finance team weigh in on the US airport sector’s improving prospects as passenger levels pick up.
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2
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March 19, 2021

US state and local government outlooks improve, driven by revenue performance and robust federal support

Matthew Butler and Natalie Claes of the US Public Finance team discuss how better-than-expected revenue and a new wave of federal assistance spurred the outlook changes for US state and local governments in the face of the pandemic.
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March 11, 2021

Federal aid helps US states cope with pandemic as universities face unprecedented disruption

In the inaugural episode of Moody’s Talks – Muniland, Pisei Chea and Jared Brewster of the US Public Finance team discuss the effects of federal policies on states and higher education. Also, Susan Fitzgerald and Michael Osborn focus on how the pandemic’s upheaval will affect the year ahead for colleges and universities, including enrollment and debt refinancing.
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March 5, 2021

Welcome to Muniland

Welcome to Muniland! Hosted by Nick Samuels of the US Public Finance team, Muniland delves into the latest developments impacting the credit environment for states, local governments, healthcare, higher education and more. In each episode, Moody’s analysts join Nick in exploring the ramifications of the pandemic, climate change, cyber risk, federal policy, pensions burdens and other deep-seated challenges.
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