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Moody’s Ends Review Of Rhode Island Debt After 38 Studios Vote

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Screen capture of the Rhode Island State House. (Credit: visitingnewengland.com)

Screen capture of the Rhode Island State House. (Credit: visitingnewengland.com)

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ An influential rating agency has ended its scrutiny of Rhode Island’s debt following the General Assembly’s vote to make a payment relating to the failed investment in 38 Studios.

Moody’s Investors Service announced Monday that it had ended its review of $2.1 billion in state debt prompted by uncertainty over whether the state would make the payment.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee says the decision by lawmakers to set aside $2.5 million for a debt payment next year sends a signal to the investment community that Rhode Island honors its obligations.

Some lawmakers had called to default on the state’s debt for a $75 million loan guarantee given to the now-bankrupt video game company started by the former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. But those attempts failed during budget votes last week.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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