State Oversight, Bankruptcies, and Recovery

Source: Gregory Lipitz, Stephen Fehr, Thomas Neff, William Kannel, Municipal Finance Journal, Vol. 35 no. 4, Winter 2015
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From the abstract:
Fiscal stress continues to change the landscape of the municipal credit markets. The full impact of recent bankruptcies, work-out plans, and court rulings is ongoing. This paper explores state oversight of local governments, specifics of Chapter 9 filings, and recovery. It considers the recent Detroit, Jefferson County, and Harrisburg sagas and implications for bonds secured by special tax pledges and statutory liens. It discusses possible concessions to bondholders and other creditors in detail as well as other examples and scenarios.