Munis Are Critical for Infrastructure, Groups Tell Lawmakers

State and local groups told members of Congress that tax-exempt bonds are the cornerstone of infrastructure financing, as the lawmakers consider how to increase spending on roads and bridges as well as tax reforms that could entail restrictions on tax exemption.
Tax-exempt bonds are used by more than 50,000 state and local governments, and nearly 75% of infrastructure funding comes from munis, the 29 groups said in a joint letter to House and Senate members.
“We welcome the chance to work with you to develop new tools as a complement to tax-exempt municipal bonds,” the groups wrote. “We would note that even new ideas – including variations of public-private partnership models – will likely rely on municipal bonds.”
The two-page letter was signed by representatives of the Government Finance Officers Association, the National Governors Association, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the National Association of State Treasurers, and the National Association of Counties (NACo) and other groups.

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