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State must pay out more in interest on short-term borrowing

November 18, 2010 |  1:48 pm

Another bit of bad budgeting news for California: The state was forced to hike interest rates on $10 billion in short-term debt it sold Thursday.

From Tom Petruno at the Los Angeles Times' Money and Co. blog

The state, selling so-called revenue anticipation notes that will mature in May and June, set the yield at 1.50% on the May issue and 1.75% on the June issue -- up from initial estimates of 1.25% and 1.50%, respectively. The interest is exempt from federal and state income taxes.

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The rates on this year’s deal are 0.25 percentage point above what the state paid on similar notes in September 2009.

-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento

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