California escapes the ratings cellar
Times business writer Marc Lifsher reports in the Money & Co. blog that California no longer has the worst credit rating in the country.
That distinction now goes to Illinois.
California, of course, still has a long way to go.
It is now ranked 49th among the states in creditworthiness by the Wall Street bond rating agency Standard & Poor's.
On Thursday, the firm announced that it had hiked its evaluation of California's long-term debt one notch from "A minus" to "A."
Lifsher reports that the California upgrade is the first by S&P since May 2006. But the state still has a long way to go to regain the agency’s top rating of “AAA.” California has not held that distinction since 1986.
-- Evan Halper
PHOTO: Gov. Jerry Brown speaks to lawmakers after giving his State of the State address in Sacramento on Jan. 24. Credit: Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/MCT.