WASHINGTON, D.C. (Standard & Poor's CreditWire) July 17, 2000-- Standard & Poor's today assigned its triple-'A' rating to Maryland's $200 million GO state and local facilities loan bonds series 2000 due Aug. 1, 2015. The bonds are scheduled to sell July 19, 2000. The outlook is stable. In addition, Standard & Poor's affirmed its triple-'A' rating on the state's $3.46 billion GO bonds. The rating reflects the state's: -- Broad-based economy, which continues to experience steady growth; -- High wealth and income levels; -- Historically strong financial performance and position; and -- Manageable debt burden enhanced by rapid debt maturities. Maryland's economic base is substantial and diverse, benefiting from a mature infrastructure and a well-educated and productive labor force. The...
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