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Illinois Pension Reform Legislation Is Legally Justifiable and in the Best Interest of All

On November 21, 2014, the Circuit Court for the Seventh Judicial Circuit in Sangamon County, Illinois presiding over the consolidated Illinois State Pension Reform Litigation ruled that the pension reform legislation passed by the State Legislature and approved by the Governor was unconstitutional. Many states and cities are addressing pension underfunding in a manner they believe will be successful. Continue

Casino and Political Gaming in Connecticut

As casino gaming goes in the State of Connecticut, so go the State's finances ... The conundrum facing the industry and the hosting states is a well-publicized decline in preference for gaming as a leisure activity. The irrational response by both the industry and the states is an increase in licensing new casinos in an attempt to augment revenues for both the operators and the states, despite the predicted cannibalization. Continue

Financially Distressed and Bankrupt Cities: Should Unfunded Pension Obligations Impair Funding of Essential Services?

The financial health of some municipalities across the nation that are in financial distress is being threatened by unfunded public employee pension obligations that are not affordable and sustainable. When the cost of meeting public pension obligations crowds out the government’s ability to deliver essential public services such as police, fire and water, priorities need to be established and creative solutions are required. Continue

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In this column, Triet Nguyen, managing partner of NewOak Capital, offers his views on the municipal bond market

Municipal Bond Calendar

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MuniNet Conference & Webinar Guide

Conference Name Location Date
National Federation of Municipal Analysts Advanced Seminar: America’s Urban Agenda ... Houston, Texas January 22–January 23, 2015
The Bond Buyer’s National Outlook 2015 New York, New York January 27–January 27, 2015
14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference Baltimore, Maryland January 29–January 31, 2015
The Bond Buyer’s Texas Public Finance Conference Austin, Texas February 9–February 11, 2015
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago: Future Focus: Preparing for Workforce 2020 Chicago, Illinois February 19–February 19, 2015
2015 Public-Private Partnership Conference & Expo Dallas, Texas February 23–February 25, 2015
The National Municipal Bond Summit Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 1–March 3, 2015

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