2013 New England Fiscal Leaders Meeting

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
InterContinental Boston Waterfront Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts
February 22-23, 2013

Friday, February 22 | Saturday, February 23

This meeting is made possible with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

12:15 p.m. -1:45 p.m.

National and Regional Economic Trends

This session will feature a presentation of regional and national economic trends, conditions and projections by an economist from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In addition, it will feature a discussion of the role of the Federal Reserve Bank and recent monetary policy actions. The presentation will be followed by a roundtable discussion on how fiscal and economic conditions are affecting state forecasts for 2013.

Moderator: Darcy Rollins Saas, Deputy Director, New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Speakers: Bo Zhao, Senior Economist, New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Joe Peek, Vice President & Economist, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Medicaid Changes: Decisions Affecting Your State's Budget

As states ramp up new programs and practices under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and deal with ongoing Medicaid budget pressures, a top concern is improving the quality and effectiveness of their programs. This cost-containment session will focus on states’ decisions relating to rebalancing health care services for the elderly and those with disabilities to obtain the savings associated with dual-eligibles under the ACA, while also initiating new programs to combat Medicaid fraud and abuse.

Moderator: Kavita Choudhry, Manager, State Health Care Spending Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Speaker: Brian Burwell, Vice President, Community Living Systems, Truven Health Analytics

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3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Are the New England States in a Gambling Arms Race? 

As states look for new sources of revenue, several states have recently authorized the expansion of legalized gambling. Resort-style casinos will soon be spread throughout New England, giving New Englanders more options on where to gamble. An expert will present on the effects of expanded gaming operations. This session will also include a discussion on how states plan to avoid losing gambling revenue to neighboring states.

Moderator: Speaker Terie Norelli, New Hampshire
Speaker: Clyde Barrow, Director, Center for Policy Analysis, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Breakfast Session-Regional Consolidation of Local Government Services in New England: Opportunities and Challenges in Realizing Greater Cost Efficiencies

The Great Recession and its aftermath forced state and local governments to cut costs and seek efficiencies, and budgets are expected to be tight into the foreseeable future. This session will feature a new report by the Boston Fed's New England Public Policy Center exploring if and how local governments in New England could save through greater consolidation of public safety, public health, and high-level government administration services.

Moderator: Senator Jane Kitchel, Vermont
Speaker: Yolanda Kodrzycki, Vice President & Director of the New England Public Policy Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

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9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Creating Fiscally Sound State Tax Incentives

In several states, tax incentive costs have grown quickly and unexpectedly, even as questions remain about the economic return generated by these investments. This session will feature research by the Pew Charitable Trusts on policies to manage incentives’ budget impact and evaluate their effects on jobs and economic growth.

Moderator: Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts
Speaker: Robert Zahradnik, Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts

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10:30 a.m. - 11:45 p.m.

Federal Update

What are the front-burner issues in Washington, DC this year and what are the potential impacts on the region? Federal budget and deficit reduction issues will continue to loom large again this year and NCSL’s federal budget expert will provide an update on budget issues and will also discuss the other top federal issues that could impact New England this year.

Moderator/Speaker: Michael Bird, Senior Federal Affairs Counsel, NCSL

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