Bill would expand small governments’ access to cheaper infrastructure financing

Congressional measure aims to ease access to municipal bond market

A new proposal introduced last month in Congress would widen the access municipalities get to lower-cost capital for their infrastructure and development projects.

The Municipal Bond Market Support Act of 2019 is aimed at loosen the current restriction on bank-qualified municipal bonds, which effectively limits access by smaller governments to the lower rates available on the municipal bond market.

It also would increase the annual limit for municipal bank-qualified bond borrowing from $10 million to $30 million, with future increases tied to the inflation rate.

Governing reported that the Government Finance Officers Association has estimated the proposal could save as much as $1.1 million in financing costs on a 15-year, $30 million bond issued by a single small government.

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