Just how bad is the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?
On the national and international level, things are tough, but perhaps a little more manageable than many analysts had feared at the onset of the crisis. Corporations are reporting earnings that are better than Wall Street expected, jobs were added, not lost, in May, and central banks and fiscal policymakers stepped up with robust aid packages.
On the state and local level, it’s a whole different ballgame, and observers of public finance and the municipal bond market are bracing for a long, slow burn. States, counties, cities and towns are on the hook for most of the costs associated with the…