2019 Fiscal Analysts Seminar Resources and Agenda

10/10/2019

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, taking place Oct. 9-11 in Columbus, Ohio, is a unique opportunity to explore key topics in-depth and meet informally with colleagues from around the country to discuss common concerns. 

This webpage provides online access to session resources. All sessions will take place in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel. 

View the 2019 NCSL Fiscal Analysts Seminar webpage.

Wednesday, Oct. 9
Time Sessions

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Hayes A

Registration
 

1-1:15 p.m.

Hayes A

Welcome and Introductions

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Hayes A

U.S. Economic Outlook

  • Dr. Joel Elvery, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Presentation by Joel Elvery

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Federal Budget Update

  • Marcia Howard, Federal Funds Information for States

Federal Budget Update | PDF 

3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4:30 p.m.

Evaluating Agency Budget Requests

  • Kirk Fulford, Legislative Services Agency, Alabama
  • Patrick Goldsmith, House Fiscal Division, Louisiana

Agency Budget Requests: Key Questions and Things to Look For | PDF

5-6:30 p.m.

Latitude 41 Restaurant 

Located on lobby level

Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. Time to Explore Columbus
Thursday, Oct. 10

8-9 a.m.

Hayes B

Breakfast

9-10 a.m.

Hayes A

Changing U.S. Demographics

  • Dr. Ronald Lee, University of California Berkeley

Linking Demographic Change to State Fiscal Health | PDF

10-11 a.m.

Hayes A

Opioids Costs and Solutions

  • Greg Moody, The Ohio State University

Ohio's Opioid Crisis and Response | PDF

11-11:15 a.m.

Break

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Hayes A

Revenue Estimating and Volatility

  • Dr. Jim Landers, The Ohio State University
  • Dr. Ross Miller, Legislative Budget Office, Ohio

Nonrandom Thoughts on Revenue Forecasting | PDF'

Overview of Revenue Forecasting |PDF

12:15-1:45 p.m. Lunch on Own

1:45-2:45 p.m.

Hayes A

Lessons From Savvy Senior Analysts

  • Jonathan Ball, Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office, Utah
  • Krista Lee Carsner, Fiscal Review Committee, Tennessee
  • Patrick Goldsmith, House FIscal Division, Louisiana

2:45-3:30 p.m.

Hayes A

Budgeting for FTEs

  • Casey Muhm, Senate counsel, Research & Fiscal Analysis, Minnesota
  • Will Robinson, Senate Fiscal Division, Oklahoma
  • Steven Wu, Legislative Research Division, Kansas
  • Glenn Fitzgerald, House Appropriations Committee, Missouri
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break

3:45-4:45 p.m.

Hayes A

Fiscal 50: Tracking Key Measures of State Fiscal Health

  • Joe Fleming, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Justin Theal, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Fiscal 50: Tracking Key Measures of State Fiscal Health | PDF

5-6:30 p.m.

Latitude 41 Restaurant 

Located on lobby level

Networking Reception
Friday, Oct. 11

8-9 a.m.

Hayes B

Breakfast

9-10 a.m.

Hayes A

Making the Most of Major Data Sources

  • Jonathan Ball, Legislative Fiscal Analyst Office, Utah

Effectively Using Large Datasets | PDF

10-10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.-Noon

Hayes A

Excel Skills—Tricks of the Trade

  • Kate Watkins, Legislative Council, Colorado

          Tips for Improving Your Excel Game | PDF

Noon

Closing Remarks and Fiscal Analysts Seminar Concludes