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Two significant things happen every April: Income taxes are due and high school seniors, bound for college, decide where they want to continue their education. Read More
Strong Rainy Day Fund Policy Design and Well-Timed Usage Can Help Protect States Against Credit Downgrades
On October 25, 2016, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded New Mexico’s $327 million in outstanding general obligation bonds from Aaa to Aa1. Credit analysts explained that the rating was lowered because the state’s general fund reserves were depleted but emphasized that a rating upgrade is possible if the reserves are restored once revenue returns to normal. Read More
Billion-dollar natural disasters are becoming the norm in the United States. Since 1980, catastrophes of this magnitude have affected all 50 states, hitting five to 10 times each year. Floods are the most frequent and expensive disasters; from 1980 to 2013, they caused more than $260 billion in damage. In 2016 alone, 36 of the federal government’s 46 disaster declarations involved floods or... Read More
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