2019 NCSL Midwest States Fiscal Leaders Meeting Agenda and Resources Page


U.S. cash floating in airThis page hosts the agenda and resources for the 2019 NCSL Midwest States Fiscal Leaders Meeting. This meeting was held March 8-9, 2019 at The Ritz-Carlton in Chicago. 

The 2019 NCSL Midwest States Fiscal Leaders Meeting was an invitational meeting designed specifically for legislative fiscal leaders and senior legislative fiscal staff from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The interactive format of this meeting provided attendees with a special opportunity to communicate and collaborate with peers from neighboring states on budget and tax issues.

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

Fiscal 50 Fact Sheet

Thursday, March 7
Time Sessions

5:30-7 p.m.

Welcome reception
Friday, March 8

8-9 a.m.


9 a.m.

Meet in hotel lobby to go on tour
9:30-11:15 a.m.

Tour: Using Tax Credits for Community Development



  • John Cramer, senior associate, MacRostie Historic Advisors, Illinois
  • Lisa DiChiera, director of advocacy, Landmarks Illinois
11:15 a.m.

Return to hotel

11:30-12:15 p.m.

Buffet lunch served

12:15-12:30 p.m.


The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

Welcome and Introductions
12:30-1:15 p.m.

Economic Impact of Agriculture in the Midwest



  • David Oppedahl, senior business economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Illinois

           PowerPoint Presentation | PDF


           AgLtr: February 2019

1:15-1:30 p.m. Break
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Geographically Targeted Economic Development Incentives



  • Jeff Chapman, project director, economic development, state fiscal health, The Pew Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia


  • Stephanie Copeland, CEO, The Governance Project, District of Columbia

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Mark Wasky, vice president and counsel, Indiana Economic Development Corporation
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-3:45 p.m.

Medicaid Waivers: Sharing State Experiences



  • Emily Blanford, program principal, health program, National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Joe Thompson, M.D., president and CEO, Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI)

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF


           Section 115 Medicaid Demonstration Waivers: The Current Landscape

           of Approved and Pending Waivers

3:45-4 p.m. Snack break
4-5 p.m.

Top Fiscal Issues in the States Roundtable Discussion


Discussion Leader

  • Arturo Pérez, group director, fiscal affairs program, National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado
6:15 p.m. Meet in lobby of hotel to walk to dinner

6:30-9 p.m.


The Signature Room at the 95th

John Hancock Building

Reception and dinner
Saturday, March 9

7:30-8:30 a.m.


8:30-9:30 a.m.


The Ritz-Carlton Chicago


Footing the Bill for Higher Education: Who Pays?



  • Ben Boggs, program principal, education program, National Conference of State Legislatures, Colorado

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

  • Phil Oliff, senior manager, fiscal federalism and student loans, The Pew Charitable Trusts, District of Columbia

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

9:30-9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-10:45 a.m.

Stress Testing State Budgets



  • Juliette Tennert, director of economic and public policy research, University of Utah

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

10:45-11 a.m. Break
11 a.m.-Noon

Changing State Tax Structures



  • Bill Fox, director, center for business and economic research, University of Tennessee

           Presentation PowerPoint | PDF

Noon Meeting adjourns