The rating is being assigned in conjunction with the extension of the standby bond purchase agreement between the Veterans'
Based on a review of the terms governing the bank bonds, it is Fitch's opinion that the incremental risk associated with bank bonds does not have a material impact on the long-term credit rating of the State of
The Rating Outlook is Stable.
General obligations to which the state pledges its full faith and credit.
KEY RATING DRIVERS
LOW DEBT: The state's debt burden remains low despite significant growth-related capital needs, especially for transportation. Amounts for debt service are constitutionally dedicated.
GROWTH-ORIENTED ECONOMY: The state's economy is large, diverse, and is growing rapidly relative to national averages. The state's energy industry remains a significant source of economic activity and is subject to volatility.
SIGNIFICANT RESERVE BALANCES: Financial operations are generally conservative. The state has built a sizable budget reserve, with a portion of natural resource receipts dedicated to funding it.
SALES TAX DEPENDENCE: Finances are dependent on consumption-based (primarily sales) taxes, and volatile energy taxes are also important.
GROWTH-RELATED SPENDING PRESSURES: Longer term fiscal pressures stem from having to adequately fund the state's rapid growth. This includes expanded transportation needs, school funding, and water needs.
ECONOMIC GROWTH AND HIGH RESERVES: The state's GO rating and Stable Rating Outlook assume the maintenance of high reserve balances and continued economic growth. The rating could be pressured in the event of severe revenue weakness, including stemming from cyclicality in the state's large energy sector, or unwillingness to address potential fiscal challenges in an effective and timely manner.
For additional information on the State of Texas GO credit, see Fitch's press release 'Fitch Affirms Texas GO Rating at 'AAA'; Outlook Stable', dated
Additional information is available at 'www.fitchratings.com'.
In addition to the sources of information identified in Fitch's Tax-Supported Rating Criteria, this action was additionally informed by information from
--'Tax-Supported Rating Criteria' (
--'U.S. State Government Tax-Supported Rating Criteria' (
Tax-Supported Rating Criteria
U.S. State Government Tax-Supported Rating Criteria
Source: Fitch Ratings
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