Two Upcoming Events on State Fiscal Outlook

Here are two upcoming presentations on the budget outlook for states —

Event: It’s Not Over Yet –The Fiscal Hangover in the States

Thursday, April 15th 4:00-6:00 P.M.
American Foreign Service Association — 2101 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Reception to follow at Tonic Restaurant – 2nd Floor 2036 G Street NW

Featuring Scott D. Pattison (National
Association of State Budget Officers –NASBO) Michael Genest (Genest

State governments across the country are awash in red ink. The stimulus package passed by the Congress and signed by the President a little more than a year ago has made a difference, but states are still having to plug significant budget holes. Moreover, after the stimulus money dries up, they are looking at a significant remaining mismatch between revenues and spending. As part of our continuing series of events designed to highlight the fiscal future, two prominent state government budgeting experts will be addressing the current and future challenges facing U.S. state governments.

Sponsored by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public

The Fiscal State of States: Pew on Health Reform, Pension Obligations, and Budget Cuts

Dr. Susan K. Urahn, Managing Director, Pew Center on the States

12 PM, Monday, April 19, 2010
RM 396 Ford House Office Building (Note the room change)
(Across from Federal Center SW metro)

Presentation Summary

States face great difficulties in this time of rapid economic change and historic budget shortfalls. The Pew Center on the States brings an in-depth, 50-state point of view and employs a unique, evidence-driven process to identify innovative policies and determine which work and which do not. Susan K. Urahn, managing director of the Pew Center on States, will meet with AABPA to discuss states’ fiscal conditions. Her presentation will include information about states’ health care reform, current budget situations, efforts to cut spending and generate revenue, states’ prospects for recovery, and their long-term fiscal outlook, including the impacts of employee pension obligations.

Total CPE Credits available: 1

For more insight into budgeting and program analysis, visit AABPA and join our govloop group: Budgeteers.

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Speaker Biographies

As managing director of the Pew Center on the States, Susan Urahn leads efforts at The Pew Charitable Trusts to help states identify and implement policies that are fiscally sound, provide a return on investment to taxpayers and, more than ever, help our nation tackle its toughest challenges.

Urahn joined The Pew Charitable Trusts in 1994. In 2007, she was chosen to build and lead the Pew Center on the States. She came to Pew with more than 10 years experience in policy research and educational evaluation with the Minnesota House of Representatives and at the University of Minnesota. She has testified before the U.S. Congress and multiple state legislatures, and has been a featured speaker at conferences of the Public Policy Institute of California, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Conference of State Courts and the Philanthropy Roundtable. Urahn has appeared on major media outlets including PBS, CNN, Bloomberg News, CSPAN and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post and other leading publications.

Urahn holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a doctorate in education policy and administration from the University of Minnesota.

Scott D. Pattison serves as the Executive Director of the
National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in Washington, DC. Founded in 1945, NASBO serves as the professional organization for all state budget officers of the fifty states and U.S. territories. NASBO collects data and publishes numerous reports on state fiscal conditions. The association also provides training for members and provides public officials, the media and citizens information on state financial management and budgeting.

Michael Genest opened Genest Consulting in January of 2010 to
provide advice, analysis and advocacy on fiscal and policy issues affecting state and local government. Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Genest served for four years as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s chief financial policy advisor in his role as Director of the California Department of Finance. Since Governor Reagan’s administration, only one person has served longer in that position.

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