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Past articles by Richard:

Airports keep building and bonding through the pandemic

Emerging from the worst crisis since the 9/11 attacks, U.S. airports are continuing their record pace of construction. → Read More

Mark Malveaux named managing partner at public finance law firm McCall

Malveaux will take the reins from Carol Polumbo in 2022 at the Southwest's top bond counsel firm. → Read More

Exit fees steep for electric co-ops seeking cleaner power

Seven of Colorado-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association's member utilities are considering an exit but the price tag is steep. → Read More

Fort Worth, Texas, school bonds hang by razor-thin margin

The biggest bond measure in the nation Tuesday appears to have passed narrowly, but Texas voters took a negative view of several big bond proposals. → Read More

Texas voters will pump up to $10.8 billion into bond pipeline

Texas voters are considering an array of local bond measures to fund projects for schools, cities and counties. → Read More

Bond finance planned for hotel and visitors center at Air Force Academy

Developers of a $240 million hotel at the U.S. Air Force Academy Visitors Center in Colorado Springs are appealing to investors with an appetite for risk. → Read More

Dallas Fort Worth airport keeps building as passengers return

DFW is getting ready for a rebound in passenger traffic, preparing a bond refunding and continuing to develop its terminals. → Read More

Texas gun law has big banks backing away from Texas bond deals

A law protecting the firearms industry from "discrimination" has made the top underwriters hesitant to do bond business in the state. → Read More

Texas keeps expanding battlefield against U.S.

Texas is fighting the federal government on an expanding front as Gov. Greg Abbott challenges the authority of President Biden on issues of health, civil rights and security. → Read More

Austin loses another triple-A rating under weight of public pensions

The fast-growing Texas capital was downgraded by Fitch Ratings ahead of a $328 million bond sale that is expected to price in September. → Read More

Kansas plays catch-up on pension funding with $500 million bond sale

The taxable bonds will reduce the unfunded actuarial liability of, and employer contribution rates to, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. → Read More

Arguing continues a year after Supreme Court's Oklahoma tribal land ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McGirt v. Oklahoma that Eastern Oklahoma remains tribal land, and the repercussions continue to play out. → Read More

Kansas starts fiscal year with revenues far above expectations

Kansas closed its fiscal year with tax collections running 9.3% over estimates and its highest reserves since 1980, officials said. → Read More

Texas sales tax collections roaring back to record pace

With the effects of the pandemic fading, Texas tax collections showed strength across all sectors, Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. → Read More

Harris County taps toll revenues to bolster $2.5B flood bond program

Voters in Texas' most populous county approved the flood control bonds after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, but matching funds have been slow to arrive. → Read More

Cantu is fifth addition to Locke Lord's Austin bond team since 2020

Locke Lord's Texas public finance team continues to expand with the addition of Arnold Cantu from Norton Rose Fulbright. → Read More

Texas DOT gets $3 billion of bond authority from state legislature

TxDOT expects to issue $1.5 billion of bonds in fiscal year 2022, with another $1.5 billion issued in fiscal 2024. → Read More

Texas passes $248B budget, targets underwriters over gun support

Texas lawmakers are facing a special session after a battle over elections, firearms and finance. → Read More

Municipal broadband provider connects cities on Utah's Wasatch Front

A Utah Infrastructure Agency bond deal will bring the city of Pleasant Grove onto the Utah Telecommunication Open Infrastructure Agency's Utopia fiber network. → Read More

Oklahoma revenues were up 38% year-over-year in April

The numbers are driven by record oil and gas production tax collections and increases in sales and income tax payments, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel said. → Read More