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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Oct 26 2017

Connecticut lawmakers pass $41.3 billion budget nearly four months late

NEW YORK Connecticut lawmakers on Thursday passed a two-year $41.3 billion budget, nearly four months after it was due, that is expected to help capital city Hartford avoid bankruptcy through state aid provisions.

Oct 20 2017

Notable municipal bankruptcy lawyer talks shop to Hartford taxpayers

(This version of the story corrects 'billion' to 'million' in sixth paragraph; changes title of mayor's assistant in ninth paragraph)

Oct 17 2017

U.S. dollar up, yield curve flat, on inflation; stocks rise

NEW YORK U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday after company earnings reports were better than expected, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average breaching the 23,000 mark for the first time, while the U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened and the dollar rose to a one-week high on increased inflation expectations.

Oct 13 2017

Construction starts on New Jersey bridge, a step to fixing region's rail

NEW YORK Construction began Friday on New Jersey's Portal Bridge, a key step forward for one of the nation's most critical infrastructure projects, but there was continuing uncertainty about its future funding.

Oct 01 2017

Connecticut's deep spending cuts in effect as new deadline passes

NEW YORK Connecticut's fiscal crisis hit a new low on Sunday, when scheduled spending cuts dramatically lowered state aid for many municipalities, with no budget in sight three months after it was due.

Sep 28 2017

Hartford bond insurers hire long-time public finance turnaround pro

NEW YORK, Sept 28 Bond insurers for the city of Hartford, Connecticut's cash-strapped capital city, have hired a financial advisor with decades of experience working with the state's most distressed municipalities.

Sep 28 2017

New York City bus terminal upward expansion feasible: review team

NEW YORK Adding floors on top of New York City's Port Authority bus terminal is a viable way to expand the massive, outdated structure, according to a team charged with reviewing the controversial project on Thursday.

Sep 28 2017

Connecticut governor vetoes budget as spending cuts loom

NEW YORK Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy on Thursday vetoed the $40.7 billion biennial budget passed by lawmakers earlier this month, saying the bill would undermine the state's fiscal stability, education system and economic development.

Sep 26 2017

Hartford's rating sinks deeper into junk; agencies cite possible default

NEW YORK Hartford, Connecticut's cash-strapped capital city, suffered a fresh round of credit rating downgrades deeper into junk territory by two Wall Street credit agencies on Tuesday, a day after the city's bond insurers said they were open to debt restructuring.

Sep 25 2017

Hartford mayor tells bondholders of dire fiscal status

NEW YORK The mayor of Hartford on Monday told bond investors that Connecticut's cash-strapped capital city has no room left to tax or cut its way out of its fiscal crisis, a bond holder said.


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