A Muni Bankruptcy BLOODBATH?????
Now MORE AND MORE in the mainstream press are using adjectives like Alstry....
Bankruptcy Bloodbath May Hit Muni Owners
Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Public officials shouldn’t think about filing for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy to solve mounting labor costs and pension liabilities.
Even talking about this action will invite an inquiry from Fitch Ratings, the company said in a report published Jan. 27.
“The more bankruptcy is publicly discussed as an option for financial relief, the more its tarnish wears off, increasing the likelihood of its actual use,” Fitch said.
The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression is squeezing municipalities across the country. Since Vallejo, California, successfully petitioned for bankruptcy protection in May 2008, California’s towns, Detroit’s schools and Pennsylvania’s capital city of Harrisburg have all talked about Chapter 9.
That should make bondholders nervous because it “questions whether a local government’s labor contracts would be surgically undone with bondholders’ rights left intact,” Fitch said.
Or as John H. Knox, a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, which is counsel to Vallejo in its bankruptcy, said in an interview: “Any plan is going to impair all classes of creditors, including bondholders.”
We are getting closer and closer to the REAL RECOVERY!!!!!!!