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MBFA Lobbies Congress to Restore Advance Refundings & Increase Bank Qualified Limits

Last week, (June 14,2019) the Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Coalition canvased Capitol Hill in support of municipal finance for infrastructure development and the tax exemption through multiple events on Capitol Hill over a two-day period. MBFA Executive Chair Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, S.C. and current president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors presided…
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113 Members of Congress Sign Letter in Support of Municipal Bonds

Co-chairs of the House Municipal Finance Caucus submit a bi-partisan Dear Colleague letter to the entire House of Representatives in support of the tax exempt status of municipal bonds.  The letter states, “The federal tax exemption reduces the cost of issuing municipal bonds, making important community infrastructure cheaper for taxpayers and freeing up resources for…
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House Municipal Finance Caucus Introduce Advance Refunding Legislation

On May 20th, members of the House Municipal Finance Caucus, led by Congressmen Ruppersberger (D-MD) and Stivers (R-OH), introduced H.R. 2772 a bill to restore the tax-exemption for advance refunding bonds.  Titled the, “Investing in Our Communities Act,” the bill will enable governments to refinance outstanding bonds for infrastructure and free up resources for other…
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Mayor Benjamin Testifies Before House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change

On April 2, 2019, Mayor Steve Benjamin testified before the House Energy & Commerce Committee on state and local action on climate change. As a staunch advocate for municipal bonds, he also defended the tax-exemption for municipal bonds and argued for the full reinstatement of advance refunding in his testimony. You can view his testimony…
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Mayors in Support of Advance Refundings

Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, S.C., advocating for the full reinstatement of advance refundings.

MBFA & Court Street Group Research Create a Muni 101 Primer

Contact Justin Underwood at justin@munibondsforamerica.org to receive a hard copy.

Ruppersberger Announces Stivers as New Co-Chair of Bipartisan Municipal Finance Caucus

Today, Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) announced Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) will co-chair the Municipal Finance Caucus.  Rep. Ruppersberger is an original founder of the caucus, along with outgoing co-chair Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL). You can view the statement released by Rep. Ruppersberger here.  The MBFA Coalition looks forward to working with Rep. Stivers and his…
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MBFA Executive Committee Submits Thank You to Rep. Randy Hultgren

The Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Executive Committee recently sent a “thank you” to Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) for his dedication to preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds and for his support in co-creating the Congressional Municipal Finance Caucus, which he also co-chaired, during his time in Congress.

MBFA Hosts Muni Bonds Education Seminar & Fly-In With Congress and Staff of the NEC

Last week, the Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Coalition increased its advocacy efforts for the support of municipal finance and the tax exemption on Capitol Hill.  In addition to its annual educational seminar for Hill staff, the coalition also held discussions with staff at the National Economic Council (NEC), and hosted a fundraiser for Representative Richard…
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AAPA Presents Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee

Kurt Nagle, President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), presented testimony before the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness on July 18, 2018. View a copy of the testimony here.  

MBFA Chair Sits for Bond Buyer Podcast

Mayor Benjamin recently sat down with the Bond Buyer to discuss the importance of advance refundings for municipal bond issuers, his agenda as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the work of the MBFA coalition.

MBFA Chair Submits Commentary in the Bond Buyer

Why mayors are `completely baffled’ by loss of advance refunding The beginning of Infrastructure Week 2018 presents us with the perfect opportunity to highlight a major blow to community control and to local government infrastructure investment: the repeal of advance refunding of municipal bonds in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I deeply appreciate that…
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MBFA Executive Chair Steve Benjamin Installed as 76th President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors

Announces Key Priorities—Infrastructure, Innovation, Inclusion—During Inaugural Speech by Sarah Durr Columbia, SC—Columbia, SC Mayor Steve Benjamin became the 76th President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) in an inaugural ceremony on Monday, May 7, 2018.  As part of the ceremony, Mayor Benjamin delivered a keynote speech announcing his key priorities for the year ahead, which will…
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Bond Buyer: What the budget deal means for states, localities

By Brian Tumulty Published February 09 2018, 10∶06am EST More in Infrastructure, Washington DC WASHINGTON – Friday morning’s brief federal government shutdown highlighted the unpredictability of federal funding that state and local governments say they want to end in order to help them plan their own budgets. “The big issue we want is regular order,”…
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MBFA Releases its 2017 End of Year Report and Foreword by Executive Chair, Mayor Steve Benjamin

On Monday, January 29th, the Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Coalition held a reception for Members of Congress and their staff to thank them for their support of maintaining the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds in the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. We were honored to have hosted the co-chairs of the Congressional…
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A Brave New World for Munis: A Post-Tax Reform Review

Webinar hosted by MBFA in Partnership with Court Street Group Research LLC On Wednesday, January 17th, over 65 industry groups representing issuers, investors, and state and local governments participated in the webinar, “A Brave New World for Munis: A Post-Tax Reform Review,” hosted by the Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Coalition in partnership with Court…
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MBFA Submits Thank You Letter to Congressional Leaders

The MBFA Coalition submitted a thank you letter on January 2nd, 2018, to Congressional Leaders for their assistance in preserving the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds, including PABs in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  

Senate tax bill would minimize community control and stymie infrastructure investments

The City of Columbia and other local governments have long worked in good faith with our federal partner to develop policies and programs that invest in our communities and deliver results. As such, I deeply appreciate that both the House and Senate tax bills would maintain the century-old tax exemption for municipal bonds. State and…
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Congressman Randy Hultgren Leads Letter Sent to House and Senate Leadership Stressing Importance of Tax-Exempt Status of Advance Refundings

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Co-Chair of the Congressional Municipal Finance Caucus, led 20 of his Republican colleagues in sending a letter to House and Senate leadership urging them to preserve the tax – exempt status of private activity bonds in any tax reform legislation. The letter stresses the importance of maintaining the tax-exempt status of advance…
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Mayor Benjamin Submitted Letter to Sen. Cardin on Amendment to Strike Advance Refunding Provision

Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC, and Chairman of the Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Coalition, submitted a letter showing support for Sen. Cardin’s amendment, which would strike the repeal of advance refunding bonds in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  The MBFA is appreciative of the attention that is being paid to this very…
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