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Another Drop in Houston’s Bond Rating: How Will It Affect City Finances?

Moody’s Investors Service last week (March 16, 2016) downgraded the city of Houston’s bond rating, citing low oil prices, falling sales tax revenues, unfunded pension obligations and property tax caps among the reasons. We discuss how the city’s rating drop from Aa2 to Aa3 might affect some $3 billion in previously issued bonds and why […]

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Moody’s Investors Service last week (March 16, 2016) downgraded the city of Houston’s bond rating, citing low oil prices, falling sales tax revenues, unfunded pension obligations and property tax caps among the reasons.

We discuss how the city’s rating drop from Aa2 to Aa3 might affect some $3 billion in previously issued bonds and why the city might need more money to repay its debt.

We’re joined by two guests: University of Houston Economics Professor Steven Craig and Marc Watts, who chairs the Greater Houston Partnership’s Municipal Finance Task Force.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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