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The Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority (the "PFA" or the "Authority") was created by Act No. 5365 as a public corporation and autonomous governmental instrumentality, operating on behalf of the Government of the United States Virgin Islands (the "Government"). Its primary duties are 1) to aid the Government of the United States Virgin Islands in the performance of its fiscal duties; 2) to raise capital, public or private, for essential public projects; and 3) to create programs and enter into contracts which will support the financing needs of the Government, promote economic recovery, and contribute to the stability of the Territory’s economy.
The United States Virgin Islands Code provides that the debts, obligations, contracts, bonds, assets, receipts, expenditures, accounts, funds, facilities and property of the Authority shall be deemed to be those of the Authority and not to be those of the Government or of any of its offices, bureaus, departments, agencies, commissions, branches, agents, or employees.
Consequently, the Authority may borrow money, enter into contracts, and accept grant proceeds for public purposes. The PFA may also 1) lend the proceeds of bonds and/or other financing instruments to the Government; 2) guarantee loans and financial obligations incurred by the Government; 3) invest its funds; 4) arrange for the investment of funds belonging to the Government; 5) purchase notes and other obligations or instruments secured by real property; 6) execute contracts and financing instruments; 7) appoint, employ, and contract for the services of officers, agents, employees, and professional service providers as the Authority may deem appropriate; and, 8) exercise all such incidental powers as may be necessary or convenient for the purposes of carrying out the business objectives and interests of the Authority.
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The Trump Administration<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">, through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, announced today the release of $338,059,936 to Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). The payment includes $65,109,936 to Guam for federal income tax advance payments under Section 30 of the Organic Act of Guam for fiscal year 2021 and $272,950,000 to the USVI in rum tax cover-over payments for estimated FY 2021 rum tax </span>
c<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">ollections in the territory.</span>
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. delivered his Fiscal Year 2021 Executive Budget proposal to the 33rd Legislature on Friday, ahead of the May 31 deadline required by law.
Moody's Investors Service has confirmed the US Virgin Islands' Caa3 issuer rating, as well as the ratings on the territory's four liens of matching fund revenue bonds issued through the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority: Senior Lien Bonds, Caa2; Subordinate Lien Bonds, Caa3; Subordinated Indenture (Diageo) Bonds, Caa3, and Subordinated Indenture (Cruzan) Bonds, Caa3. This action concludes the review of the ratings that we initiated on June 12 for lack of sufficient financial information. This action affects approximately $1.06 billion in outstanding matching fund debt. The outlook on these ratings is stable.