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Citing delays in fixing the deficit, Los Angeles' financial outlook was downgraded from stable to negative by a major Wall Street financial credit service today, finds the LA Times. This comes at city leaders try to figure out how to fill in a $212-million budget gap with an expected $484-million one expected next fiscal year. Moody’s Investors Service's downgrade could mean the lowering of the city's credit rating, which would increase the cost of borrowing money for the city. Fitch Ratings downgraded the city last November and the other major credit rating agency, Standard & Poor's, has not made any public decisions.

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