2017 NCSL Fiscal Analysts Seminar


The NCSL Fiscal Analysts Seminar provides both the knowledge of national experts and the expertise of senior legislative staff who are policy experts in their states.

This seminar is designed specifically for legislative fiscal and research staff with budget or tax responsibilities. The seminar is a unique opportunity to explore key topics in depth and meet informally with colleagues from around the country to discuss common concerns. 

Wednesday, Oct. 4
Time Sessions

1 - 1:45 p.m.

Welcome and Icebreaker

1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

U.S. Economic Outlook

  • Brent Meyer, associate policy advisor and economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Revenue Misbehavior: Explaining Secular and Cyclical Changes to State Tax Bases

  • Jim Landers, director of fiscal management and analysis, Legislative Services Agency, Indiana
3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Break
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Agency Budget Requests: Key Things an Analyst Should Look For

  • Christopher Keaton, deputy director, House Fiscal Division, Louisiana
  • Chas Nichols, budget analyst, House Fiscal Division, Louisiana

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Hyatt Centric Garden Courtyard

7 p.m. Time to explore New Orleans
Thursday, Oct. 5

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.

Lafitte Room

Breakfast provided at hotel

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Changing Demographics and the Effects on State Budgets

  • Bill Fox, director, Center for Business and Economic Research, University of Tennessee
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

A Review of State Tax History

  • Don Boyd, director of fiscal studies, Rockefeller Institute of Government
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m.

Lessons in Statistical Analysis

  • Andrea Wilko, chief economist, Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst, Utah
  • Greg Albrecht, chief economist, Legislative Fiscal Office, Louisiana
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

A Data Visualization Presentation: U.S. Government Accountability Office

  • Amie Lesser, visual communication analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

How Legislative Staff Make the World Go 'Round

  • Chuck Truesdell, fiscal analyst, Office of Budget Review, Kentucky (Facilitator)
  • Representative Cameron Henry, Louisiana
  • Patrick Goldsmith, director, House Fiscal Division, Louisiana
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Effectively Communicating with Legislators

  • Jenny Bannister, deputy director, Office of Budget Review, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky
  • Dawn Williams, senior fiscal analyst, Legislative Service Office, Wyoming

5 - 6:30 p.m.

Hyatt Centric Garden Courtyard

6:30 p.m. Time to explore New Orleans
Friday, Oct. 6

8:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Lafitte Room

Breakfast provided at hotel
9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Federal Budget Update

  • Trinity Tomsic, deputy executive director, Federal Funds Information for States
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

The Science of Adult Learning

  • Stacy Householder, program principal, National Conference of State Legislatures
11:45 a.m. - Noon Closing Remarks
Noon Fiscal Analysts Seminar Concludes