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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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U.S. state, local tax revenue growth slows in second quarter

SAN FRANCISCO U.S. state and local government tax revenues increased 1.8 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, more slowly than the 2.2 percent average for the previous four quarters, the Rockefeller Institute of Government said in a report released on Friday.

Oct 04 2017

Special Report: The bankrupt utility behind Puerto Rico’s power crisis

SALINAS, Puerto Rico/NEW YORK In the rural village of Salinas in southern Puerto Rico, frayed electric lines hanging from a utility pole blew in the breeze last week near the town square. | Video

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 01 2017

Puerto Rico seeks help as Medicaid crisis deepens after Maria

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, is asking the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers for help in staving off a Medicaid crisis that has put a quarter of the island’s residents at risk of losing medical care.

Nov 01 2017

CalSTRS reports its investment fees for second consecutive year

The California State Teachers' Retirement System announced on Wednesday the total costs and fees paid to manage its investment portfolio for the second consecutive year.

Nov 01 2017

Puerto Rico seeks help as Medicaid crisis deepens after Maria

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 1 Puerto Rico, still reeling from Hurricane Maria, is asking the Trump administration and U.S. lawmakers for help in staving off a Medicaid crisis that has put a quarter of the island’s residents at risk of losing medical care.

Oct 07 2017

In Puerto Rico, lives depend on volunteer doctors and diesel generators

OROCOVIS, Puerto Rico At a community center in Orocovis, an isolated agricultural town of 23,000 in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, six oxygen-dependent patients drew breath with the help of the diesel generator powering their equipment.

Oct 04 2017

Puerto Rico mayors play outsized role in hurricane recovery

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico Standing in the yard of her home in Guaynabo on Sunday, Rosymar Diaz greeted an unexpected visitor on the other side of her chain-link fence: the city's mayor, Angel Perez.

Oct 02 2017

Puerto Ricans desperate for cell service turn to Mexican carrier

FAJARDO, Puerto Rico Puerto Ricans exasperated by the patchy U.S. relief response to their hurricane-blasted island are turning to a Mexican billionaire's mobile phone network they say has been faster to restore service.

Oct 02 2017

As Trump set to visit Puerto Rico, 95 percent lack power

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico President Donald Trump is set to make his first visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory, and is likely to face more criticism of his handling of the disaster as the vast majority of inhabitants lack power and phone service and are scrambling for food, clean water and fuel.

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