2017 NCSL Atlantic States Fiscal Leaders Meeting Agenda and Resources


InterContinental Hotel Boston | Boston, Mass. | Feb. 24-25, 2017

The 2017 Atlantic States Fiscal Leaders Meeting has been specifically designed for legislative fiscal leaders and senior legislative fiscal staff from the Atlantic States. This meeting will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to communicate and collaborate with peers on pressing budget issues they are facing.

The meeting is made possible through the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts.


Friday, Feb. 24 | Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Room, 4th floor
Time Sessions

11:30 a.m.-Noon


Buffet Lunch Served

Noon-12:15 p.m.

Welcome and Introductions


12:15-1 p.m.

2017 Economic Outlook



  • Mary Burke, PhD, senior economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

1-2:15 p.m.

Governments in Peril: Dealing with Financial Distress



  • Adrienne Lu, senior associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF


  • Senator Daniel Da Ponte, Rhode Island

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Senator Karen Spilka, Massachusetts
  • Thomas Neff, Deputy State Treasurer for Budget, New Jersey

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

2:15-2:30 p.m. Snack Break
2:30-3:45 p.m.

Investing in Life Sciences and Evaluating this Economic Sector in the Atlantic States Region



  • Jeff Chapman, director, Economic Development, The Pew Charitable Trusts


  • Barry Bluestone, PhD, professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Travis McCready, president and CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center
  • Representative Jay Kaufman, Massachusetts

          Tax Expenditure Budgets and Reports:Best Practices | PDF

3:45-5 p.m.

Changing Demographics and the Impact on State Revenues



  • Don Boyd, PhD, director, Fiscal Studies Program, Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

6:15 p.m. Meet in lobby of InterContinental Boston for offsite dinner
6:30-8:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner, Bastille Kitchen
Saturday, Feb. 25 | InterContinental Hotel Boston, Eleanor Room, 3rd Floor
8-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9:30 a.m.

Tackling the High Costs of Prison Health Care



  • Maria Schiff, State Health Care Spending, The Pew Charitable Trusts

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Kara Miller, chief, Care Management and Quality, Ohio Medicaid

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF


9:30-9:45 a.m.


9:45-10:45 a.m.

Marijuana: What State Fiscal Leaders Need to Know



  • Joe Henchman, vice president of Legal & State Projects, Tax Foundation

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Former Senator Pat Steadman, Colorado

          Presentation PowerPoint | PDF


          Joint Budget Committee FY 2017-2018 Marijuana Policy Overview


          How is Marijuana Revenue Collected and Spent in the State of Colorado?


10:45-11:45 a.m.

Federal Budget Outlook Under a New Administration



  • James T. Brett, president and CEO, The New England Council
11:45 a.m.-Noon Meeting Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
Noon Meeting Adjourns