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  • Due to the state’s improving financial strength, Moody’s Investment Services upgraded California’s credit rating from A1 to Aa3, the highest level in 13 years, Bloomberg reported.
  • The improvement reflects California’s “rapidly improving financial position, high but declining debt metrics, adjusted net pension liability ratios” and employment growth, Moody’s analysts led by Emily Raimes said.
  • California lawmakers are rushing to overhaul an $11 billion bond program to upgrade the state’s waterworks, reports Micahel B. Marois for Bloomberg.
  • Observers argue that the water bond for the November ballot could fail due to its size and politically-based provisions.
  • California has $75 billion in debt outstanding and the authority to borrow another $26 billion.

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Max Chen contributed to this article.