Friday, March 20, 2009

California Downgraded

Reuters reports:

Ahead of a major bond sale next week by California, Fitch Ratings on Thursday cut its "A+" rating on $47.4 billion of state general obligation debt to "A" with a stable outlook, citing falling revenues and the weak economy in the most populous U.S. state.

Fitch analysts in a report noted California's "economic performance and revenue expectations have continued to decline since the state developed its current revenue forecast in November 2008," and pointed to a state unemployment rate of 10.1 percent and a recent state legislative analyst's warning of a "sizable" revenue shortfall in the next fiscal year.