Tag: AAA bond rating

Maryland struggles to avoid bond downgrading

Despite the state’s efforts to remain fiscally sound, Maryland is struggling to avoid the downgrading of its cherished top triple A bond rating due to possible federal budget cuts, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp told the House Appropriations Committee Friday.

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Maryland keeps AAA rating, but analysts still concerned by pension liabilities, dependence on federal spending

The three national rating agencies have renewed their AAA rating for Maryland’s upcoming $718 million bond issue, but all three continue to be concerned about the state’s pension funding and dependence on federal government spending. These factors were outweighed by the state’s strong economy, its high income and sound fiscal management. The analysts acknowledged the improvements made by the pension changes made earlier this year.

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Federal debt ceiling deadlock could postpone Md. bond issue; state retains AAA rating

If the dispute between the White House and Congress over lifting the U.S. debt ceiling is not resolved soon, the state may put off its scheduled bond sale for upwards of $500 million set for July 27, the state treasurer’s office told a legislative committee Tuesday. “If they don’t have the debt ceiling issue resolved, the markets will be chaotic, and we will probably postpone the sale,” said Patti Konrad, manager of state debt.

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