NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 20, 2023, KBRA assigned a AAA rating, with a Stable Outlook to the State of Wisconsin’s (the State’s) General Obligation (G.O.) Refunding Bonds of 2023, Series 2 and 2025, Series 1 (Forward Delivery). Concurrently, KBRA affirmed the long-term AAA rating with a Stable Outlook on outstanding G.O. Bonds; the short-term K1+ rating on the G.O. Commercial Paper (CP) Program and G.O. Extendible Municipal Commercial Paper (EMCP) Program; and the long-term AA+ rating with a Stable Outlook on outstanding Master Lease Certificates of Participation (COPs). The long-term COPs rating is derived from the State’s long-term G.O. rating and an evaluation of factors discussed in KBRA’s U.S. State Annual Appropriation Obligation Rating Methodology. As of April 1, 2023, the State had $7.0 billion of General Obligations, including fixed rate G.O. Bonds, variable rate G.O. FRNs and EMCP Notes, and Variable Rate Demand Obligation (“VRDO”) Notes outstanding.
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