Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rating Cut by Fitch on Wealthiest U.S. State

I suddenly and for no apparent reason have this song by Chicago in my head. It's called Only the Beginning.

    EconomicPolicyJournal -

    Connecticut is preparing to borrow $956 million to close a budget gap in the fiscal year beginning July 1, after borrowing money last year to cover a deficit of $947.6 million. Not good. Fitch has reduced the states credit rating from AA+ to AA.

    “The downgrade reflects the state’s reduced financial flexibility, illustrated by its reliance on sizable debt issuances during the current biennium to close operating gaps in the context of already high liabilities,” Fitch said.

    Connecticut is the wealthiest state on a per capita basis with personal income of $54,397 in 2009, according to Department of Commerce.