Labor and Economic Development Committee - Fall Forum 2010 - Agenda and Handouts

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Offender Reentry and Collateral Consequences

(Joint with Law and Criminal Justice Committee and the Labor and Economic Development Committee)

State and federal reentry initiatives seek to interrupt the costly cycle of incarceration and crime. This two-part session will discuss how states can make the most of federal Second Chance Act grants; and explore criminal records and employment issues. Potential NCSL policy also will be discussed. 

Presiding: Assemblymember William C. Horne, Nevada
Speakers: Lesley Buchan, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.   ► Power Point
Representative Michael A. Costello, Massachusetts
Maurice Emsellem, National Employment Law Project, California  ► Power Point
Senator Linda Gray, Arizona
Charles Ryan, Arizona Department of Corrections

  ► Audio Recording of the session

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

International Trade Policy and the States

States have a key role to play in international trade and their views are vital to effective trade regulations and agreements. This session will consider current trade initiatives and offer a forum for state legislators to provide input on ways to improve trade relationships and enhance economic opportunities for the states.

Facilitator: Robert Stumberg, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
Speaker: Karen Condry, National Association of Attorneys General, Washington, D.C.

Friday, December 10, 2010

8:30 am - 10:00 am

The Growing Problem of Employee Misclassification

Misclassification of workers as independent contractors can save a business up to 30% of its labor costs. It’s also illegal, costs state governments millions of dollars in lost tax revenue, creates a competitive disadvantage for businesses that play by the rules, and leaves workers unprotected. This session will examine the growing problem of employee misclassification and explore state and federal efforts to curb abuses.

Moderator: Representative Brent Yonts, Kentucky

Speakers: Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Chair, Joint Legislative Task Force on the Underground Economy, Washington

  ► Power Point

  ► Washington Benchmark Report

Randy Krzesinski, HR Partners, California

  ► Power Point

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Strategic Planning for Arts and Economic Development

Arizona is a leader in promoting the arts and has reaped significant financial benefits from making strategic investments to support the state and local economies. The city of Phoenix adopted a five-year strategic plan for arts and culture, which has created a $361 million economic impact for the area. Learn how Arizona and the city of Phoenix serve as models for involving businesses, arts organizations, and government agencies in developing a long-range vision for the community.

Moderator: Representative Julie Fisher, Utah

Panelists: Robert C. Booker, Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts  ► Power Point

Edward Lebow, Public Art Program Director, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture  ► Power Point

Greg Esser, Director of Civic Art, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and founder and former Executive Director, Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation ► Power Point


11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Plenary Luncheon: Election Discussion

Lou Cannon is author of the critically acclaimed " President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime." His distinguished journalism career includes five books, 26 years as a reporter for The Washington Post and contributing editor and chief executive officer of California Journal. He currently writes on contemporary state government and politics for State Net'sCapitol Journal and lectures on the presidency, the media and California politics.

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Issue Briefing: Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: State Actions to Boost Employment

While the longest recession since the Great Depression has ended, the unemployment rate is still over nine percent. The economy is showing green shoots but state revenues remain down and the prospects of a jobless recovery seem very real. This session will examine state and national unemployment trends, explore strains on the state-federal partnership in providing unemployment benefits, and discuss the state-level affects of federal legislation to spur jobs creation.

Moderator: Representative Lana Gordon, Kansas

Andrew Baldwin, Program Administrator, Arizona Unemployment Insurance Administration  ► Power Point

Elizabeth Echols, Regional Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration  ► Power Point

  ►  Audio Recording of the session


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