Wirepoints reports Illinois Debt Trading at Junk Levels.
A new borrowing by Illinois shows lenders are already treating the state like it’s junk-rated.
Last week, Illinois raised $800 million from the bond market with repayment dates through 2045. The borrowed money, meant for summer construction projects and a pension buyout program, costs Illinois as much as 5.85 percent yearly. No other state in the country pays such high interest rates.
Over the life of the $800 million bond issue, Illinois will end up paying $450 million more in interest costs than if it were a AAA-rated state.
Illinois Borrowing Penalty
Illinois’ True Retirement Cost is 58% of the Budget
On May 4, I noted Illinois’ True Retirement Cost is 58% of the Budget
Illinois has the worst funded pension plans in the nation. That was true before Covid-19 as well.
New Jersey, Hawaii, Connecticut, and Kentucky are next in line. But no other state comes close to having that much of their budgets swallowed by retirement costs.
On April 17, I commented Illinois is Insolvent: State Requests a Pension Bailout From Congress
Illinois does not deserve a bailout. Its pension woes are of it own making and have nothing to do with the coronavirus.
Illinois debt trades like junk, because it is junk.