Fall 2020 Fiscal Webinar Series: Budget, Taxes and Pensions, Oh My!

11/30/2020

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The NCSL Fiscal Affairs Program is pleased to present Budget, Taxes and Pensions, Oh My! This webinar series features five different programs, each focusing on a different fiscal issue. They will be held on Thursdays, beginning Oct. 15 and concluding Nov. 19. NCSL webinars allow attendees to participate in meetings taking place around the world from the comfort of their desks. They are collaborative, interactive, and easy to use. Most webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live event.

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Public Pension Management Tools in Action, Part 1: Economic Scenario Modeling and Stress Testing in the Time of COVID-19

What are the initial effects of the global pandemic on the national economy, state finances and public pensions? This webinar explored options for responding, with a focus on tools like stress testing during a downturn to help states make sound decisions and navigate future budget pressures.

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Moderator

  • Representative Mike Tobash (R), Pennsylvania

Speakers 

  • Kimberly Burham, senior officer, Public Sector Retirement Systems, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Corryn Hall, officer, Government Performance, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Joe Newton, pension market leader, Gabriel, Roeder, Smith and Company (GRS)

This webinar was made possible with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Federal Stimulus: What it Means for States

The federal government has authorized billions in state aid in response to the coronavirus pandemic. How have states benefited? How have they spent relief funds? This session looks at these questions and more.

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Moderator/Speaker:

  • Mandy Rafool, group director, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL

Speakers:

  • Marcia Howard, executive director, Federal Funds Information for States 
  • Emily Maher, policy associate, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL
  • Katherine Schill, fiscal analyst, Fiscal Analyst Department, Minnesota House of Representatives
  • Eric Nauman, lead fiscal analyst, Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis, Minnesota Senate 

Public Pension Management Tools in Action, Part 2: Borrowing and Other Innovative Approaches to Stabilize Costs and Fill the Gaps

Tune in to learn more about various novel approaches being explored during the COVID-19 era to help state and local governments manage cash flow pressures. Take a closer look at how states are leveraging cost-sharing features to add stability and predictability to public pensions during a period of economic volatility.

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Moderator/Speaker 

  • Senator Heather Steans (D), Illinois

Speakers:

  • Don Boyd, co-director, Project on State and Local Government Finance, State University of New York
  • David Draine, senior officer, Public Sector Retirement Systems, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Corryn Hall, officer, Government Performance, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Doug Fiddler, senior actuary, South Dakota Retirement System

This webinar is made possible with the generous support of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Budget and Tax Update

State revenue forecasts were so promising at the start of the year—but like many other things, they became a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn about the latest federal budget plan and hear how states are coping with record revenue shortfalls. Gain insight into recent state budget and tax actions as NCSL shares its newest survey information.

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Moderator:

  • Mandy Rafool, group director, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL

Speakers

  • Jackson Brainerd, senior policy specialist, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL
  • Erlinda Doherty, director, Budgets and Revenue Committee, State-Federal Relations, NCSL 
  • Erica MacKellar, program principal, Fiscal Affairs Program, NCSL

Emerging State Tax Issues 

State taxes have been impacted by the Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the pandemic-driven recession. This webinar dives into state efforts to adapt.

Moderator:

  • Erlinda Doherty, director, Budgets and Revenue Committee, State-Federal Relations, NCSL 

Speakers

  • David Brunori, research professor, Public Policy and Professorial Lecturer in Law, George Washington University
  •  Harley Duncun, managing director, State and Local Tax, KPMG

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