Webinar Fiscal Notes

Understanding Fiscal Notes

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Understanding Fiscal Notes

Thursday, July 17, 2014 |

Thousands of bills are introduced in the legislature each year and a large number of them will have a fiscal impact on the state. For sponsors of these bills, one of the most important steps in the legislative process is the attachment of a fiscal note, often viewed as a bill’s “price tag.” The way legislative staff prepare and present fiscal information on a proposed bill can greatly impact the bill’s chance of passage. During this webinar, two experienced legislative fiscal directors will explore important questions for legislative staff responsible for preparing or reviewing fiscal notes. Some of the questions that will be addressed include: What assumptions do staff make when producing a fiscal note? How far into the future do offices calculate the fiscal impact? What are the challenges to producing fiscal notes that include broad economic effects of legislation, rather than just revenue impact on the state? 

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  • Alan Calandro, Director - Office of Fiscal Analysis, Connecticut
  • Lucian Geise, Executive Director - Fiscal Review Committee, Tennessee




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