WILMINGTON – The three major rating agencies have awarded Delaware a Triple-A credit rating for the 17th time, the highest mark that a state can achieve.
“Delawareans expect us to responsibly manage the state’s finances, protect taxpayer dollars, and make smart investments on behalf of the people of our state. These ratings re-affirm our commitment to those principles,” said Gov. John Carney.
“It’s no secret that we face budget challenges. But we are committed to working toward a sustainable, long-term solution that allows us to focus on improving our schools, protecting our environment and ensuring that Delaware remains a competitive place for businesses to create good jobs.”
Moody’s Investors Service, Fitch Ratings, and Standard & Poor’s Rating Services cited the state’s proactive management style, strong financial operations, and history of maintaining ample budgetary reserves.
“We expect Delaware's long history of what we view as prudent fiscal management to continue as the state maneuvers through near-term budgetary challenges and mounting long-term liabilities,” Standard & Poor’s Rating Services said in its report.
The ratings were released as the state prepares to take bids on $225 million in general obligation bonds on February 23. The bonds will be sold to fund state objectives – including improvements to schools, libraries, and other state facilities.
A Triple-A rating will allow the state to fund these projects at the lowest possible interest rates.
"Delaware has established solid, conservative principles for sound financial management," said Finance Secretary Rick Geisenberger. "We remain committed to making financial decisions that protect the interests of our residents, businesses and taxpayers."