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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

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Surge in private muni issuance leaves disclosure black hole

CHICAGO Potential U.S. tax law changes are spurring so many municipal debt issuers to come to market before year-end that a number of deals are being expedited through private debt sales, creating a disclosure gap that leaves investors in the dark.

Dec 08 2017

U.S. municipal bond supply to top $20 billion for second week

CHICAGO U.S. municipal bond market supply will top $20 billion for a second straight week as issuers scramble to sell debt ahead of potential federal tax changes, according to Thomson Reuters estimates on Friday.

Dec 06 2017

Chicago sells new kind of debt amid strong muni demand

CHICAGO, Dec 6 Strong demand in the U.S. municipal bond market drove yields lower on a Chicago bond sale under a new debt structure on Wednesday.

Dec 01 2017

Race is on to sell tax-free bonds ahead of U.S. tax changes

CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO The possibility that U.S. Congress could end federal tax breaks for a significant portion of the municipal market, raising borrowing costs for states, cities, hospitals and other debt issuers, is spurring a year-end spike in tax-free bond sales.

Nov 29 2017

Republicans in House seek protection for municipal bonds in tax bill

A group of Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday urged keeping federal tax breaks on private activity bonds sold by the developers of hospitals, nursing homes, airports and toll roads to reduce costs.

Nov 15 2017

U.S. tax reform poses more risks for state and local governments

CHICAGO/NEW YORK State and local governments could suffer hits to revenue collections under the tax reform bills being considered in the U.S. Senate and House because of the potential loss of a federal subsidy applied to bond issues and because a proposed increase in the standard taypayer deductions would affect some states.

Nov 15 2017

U.S. tax reform poses more risks for states, local governments

CHICAGO/NEW YORK, Nov 15 States and local governments face additional revenue risks under U.S. House and Senate Republican tax reform bills from a potential loss of a federal subsidy and increases in standard taxpayer deductions that would cut cash to some state coffers.

Nov 10 2017

Muni market breathes 'sigh of relief' over Senate tax plan

CHICAGO/NEW YORK The U.S. Senate Republican tax bill helped soothe nerves in the municipal bond market on Friday, just over a week after the House of Representatives proposed changes that would decrease its future supply of tax-free debt.

Nov 08 2017

Bond issues approved for Houston, other issuers in Tuesday voting

CHICAGO Houston voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved $1 billion of bonds the city needs to complete a state-approved fix for its financially ailing pension funds, the city controller's office said on Wednesday.

Nov 08 2017

Minnesota Senate may halt operations on Dec. 1 due to funding dispute

The Minnesota Senate will furlough its workers and suspend operations as soon as Dec. 1 due to an ongoing funding dispute with Governor Mark Dayton, the chamber's Republican leader announced on Wednesday.

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