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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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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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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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MBFA Letter to Senate Finance Chairman Hatch

The Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Coalition submitted a letter to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and other members of the Senate Finance Committee to show its appreciation for protecting the underlying tax exempt status on municipal bonds, including private activity bonds (PABs). However, the Coalition strongly objected to the inclusion to deny tax…
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MBFA Letter to the Senate and House Leaders

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House Releases Tax Reform Legislation

Today, the House Committee on Ways and Means released its much anticipated tax reform package – “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”. The legislation maintains the tax-exemption for municipal bonds, while slashing rates for both individuals and corporations.   The release can be found here. Highlights from the bill, include: The bill consolidates personal rates, maintaining the…
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Tax Reform: What it means for Main Street, Wall Street, and K Street

Webinar Details What: A webinar presentation on the political and economic dynamics of tax reform and infrastructure and how prospective changes could impact municipal bond markets A recording of the September 21st webinar can be viewed by clicking the button below: As tax reform discussions persist in Washington with little to no detail, Congress and…
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MBFA Chair Contributes Op-Ed in The Hill

Today, Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, S.C., and Chair of the Municipal Bonds for America (MBFA) Coalition, contributed an op-ed in The Hill, which can be read here. The article focuses on how those faced with the devastation left behind by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can look to the traditional bond market to rebuild stronger, smarter…
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MBFA Submits Comment Letter on the Proposed IRS Political Subdivision Rule

On August 7th, the MBFA submitted a comment letter on the IRS’ proposed political subdivision rule, which is currently being reviewed per the requirements of Executive Order 13789 that requires the Secretary of the Treasury to review temporary, proposed, or final IRS regulations issued between January 1, 2016, and April 21, 2017 — the date…
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MBFA Submits Comment Letter to SFC Chair Hatch on Tax Reform

On Monday, July 17th, the MBFA Coalition submitted its comment letter and policy recommendations in response to Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) request for expert and stakeholder input on tax reform. The MBFA’s letter was endorsed by local Utah leaders including Mayor Ben McAdams (Salt Lake County) and Amy Rowland (Utah Director – National Development Council).

Muni Bonds 201

View this event’s recap here. An Educational, Breakfast Seminar on Tax-Exempt Municipal Bonds Bonds are the Original Public Private Partnership (P3): A Deeper Dive into Federal Policy Issues The day-to-day impact of the municipal tax-exemption The economic efficiency of municipal bond financing The role of qualified private activity bonds (PABs) in infrastructure, housing, health and…
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