Tennessee bond outlook is improved

On December 7, 2011, in News 2011, by Mark Norris

By Andy Sher, TimesFreePress.com
December 7, 2011

NASHVILLE — Moody’s Investors Service has revised Tennessee’s bond rating outlook from negative to stable.

In a news release, the bond rating agency said outlooks for Tennessee and South Carolina, which both had been slapped with negative outlooks in August, “were revised to stable to reflect their relatively lower levels of financial and economic exposure to the U.S. government.”

Moody’s also upgraded its outlook for Hamilton County government from negative to stable.

This summer, Tennessee, South Carolina and several other AAA-rated states, as well as 161 local governments, were assigned negative outlooks.

Outlooks for Maryland, New Mexico and Virginia remain negative due to “high concentrations of federal government employment and federal procurement,” Moody’s statement said.

State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville, noted Moody’s revision of Tennessee’s outlook during a meeting of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

“We’re apparently the healthiest horse in the glue factory,” Norris joked.

Gov. Bill Haslam later tweeted “more positive news on TN’s credit ratings: Our outlook has been revised from negative to stable by MoodysRatings.”

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