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  • In-Person Event

2023 NCSL Budget Working Group Meeting

  • Wednesday, May 31, 2023
    • In-Person Event
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This special meeting is specifically designed for members of the Budget Working Group to examine state budget strategies that minimize fiscal distress and improve long-term sustainability. The interactive format of the meetings will give attendees the unique opportunity to hear from experts and communicate and collaborate with their peers from other states who are grappling with similar budget issues. This is the second convening of the Budget Working Group. 

Wednesday, May 31

6:30-7:30 p.m.

Second Floor Balcony

Welcome reception

Thursday, June 1

8-9 a.m.

Ocean State Suite B, Floor 2


9-11 a.m.

82 Smith St., Providence

Rhode Island State House tour (optional)

(Meet in lobby at 9 a.m. if you’d like to walk over as a group. We’ll check in at

9:20 a.m. and begin the tour at 9:30 a.m.)

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ocean State Suite B


12:30-1 p.m.

Capital Ballroom, Floor 2

Welcome and Introductions/Update on Budget Working Group

1-2 p.m.

Capital Ballroom

Sustainable Budget Strategies: A 50-State Outlook

· Joshua Goodman, senior officer, State Fiscal Health, The Pew Charitable Trusts

· Sheanna Gomes, associate manager, State Fiscal Policy, The Pew Charitable Trusts

· Llew Jones, State Representative, Montana

2-2:10 p.m.


2:10-3:10 p.m.

Capital Ballroom

Impact of Disasters and Reserves on State Ratings

· Geoffrey Buswick, managing director and government sector leader, S&P Global Ratings

3:10-3:25 p.m.

Snack break

3:25-4:25 p.m.

Capital Ballroom

Getting Mileage Out of Federal Infrastructure Funds

· Susan Banta, project director, Infrastructure & Public Sector Retirement Systems, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Thursday, June 1, continued

4:25-5 p.m.

Capital Ballroom


6-9:15 p.m.

Roger Williams Park Casino, Providence

Reception and dinner with NCSL’s State and Local Taxation Task Force

(Buses depart from the Omni Hotel at 6 p.m. and depart from the Casino at 9

p.m. If you’d like to walk over to the Omni as a group, please meet in the

Graduate lobby at 5:45 p.m.)

Friday, June 2

8-9 a.m.

Ocean State Suite B


9-10 a.m.

Capital Ballroom

Maximizing Your State’s Legislative Fiscal Office

· Erica MacKellar, program principal, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL

· Scott Sandall, State Senator, Utah

· Jonathan Ball, legislative fiscal analyst, Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst

10-10:15 a.m.

Snack break


Capital Ballroom

Strategic Planning and Next Steps

· Curt Stedron, director, Legislative Training Institute, NCSL



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