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KBRA Assigns AA+ Rating to State of Connecticut GO Bonds (2024 Series D) and Taxable GO Bonds (2024 Series A); Affirms Rating for Outstanding GO Bonds

28 May 2024   |   New York


KBRA assigns a long-term rating of AA+ to the State of Connecticut General Obligation Bonds (2024 Series D) and Taxable General Obligation Bonds (2024 Series A). KBRA additionally affirms the long-term rating of AA+ for outstanding General Obligation Bonds. The rating outlook is Stable.

Key Credit Considerations

The rating actions reflect the following key credit considerations:

Credit Positives

  • State is projected to complete FY 2024 with a BRF balance exceeding the statutory cap at 15% of general fund appropriations and is positioned to direct surplus resources toward supplemental pension contributions for a fifth consecutive year.
  • Strong financial management framework and recent extension of enhanced statutory fiscal guardrails through at least FY 2028 position the State for strong operating results.
  • Strong wealth levels with the second highest per capita personal income level among all states.

Credit Challenges

  • Lower relative growth in the economic indicators of population, employment, and gross state product, although there are recent signs of growth in population.
  • Unfunded pension liabilities and tax-supported debt burden are high relative to personal income, each more than 3x the respective U.S. average. However, the State borrows for many local purposes and the comparison on a combined state and local basis is more moderate.

Rating Sensitivities

For Upgrade

  • Significant improvement in the funded ratios for the State’s pension systems.

For Downgrade

  • Structural operating deficits in the general fund.
  • Sustained weakening in the State’s employment base and economic activity.

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