KBRA Releases Research – Coronavirus (COVID-19): New Jersey and Other States Consider Deficit Borrowing

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases research on the decision by some states to issue deficit funding bonds as a result of COVID-19 impacts.

COVID-19 has dramatically reduced state revenues. Shelter-in-place orders have led to significant curtailment of many activities that generate state revenues such as sales, income, and motor fuel taxes. Many states even deferred income tax collections to lessen the hardships faced by the public. But the resulting estimated state revenue losses have been profound, totaling $290 billion in aggregate for fiscal year 2021. In response, many states are considering deficit borrowing to plug the gap and to finance current spending.

States typically issue debt to finance infrastructure and other capital needs rather than operating expenditures. In this report, KBRA discusses the credit implications of borrowing to fund operations as well as provides, as illustration, New Jersey’s recently passed legislation which authorizes up to $9.9 billion of deficit financing.

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