Jeannemarie Davis, director, Washington liaison office of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell; former Virginia state delegate and senator
Harriet Dichter, national director, First Five Years Fund; former secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare; founding deputy secretary, Office of Child Development and Early Learning
Olivia Golden, Institute fellow, Urban Institute; former assistant secretary for children and families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; author, Reforming Child Welfare (moderator)
Roy Meyers, professor of political science, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; former analyst, Congressional Budget Office; editor, Handbook of Government Budgeting
Scott Pattison, executive director, National Association of State Budget Officers
State capitals are abuzz with budgetary chain saws slicing education, health, and social services spending. Controversies abound -- about what to cut, whether to raise taxes, whether budget crises are real or overblown, whether children's programs are investments in the future or unaffordable and overpriced. In Washington, D.C., with aid to the states from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act drawing to a close, Congress and the White House are battling over where and how much to cut in current and future budgets.
While most public resources for kids and families come from state and local coffers, Uncle Sam remains a prime player. With one eye on current challenges and the other on what might be over the horizon, our panel of experts will assess the condition of state budgets and the portions for children and families; share first-hand experiences of how governors and budget officers choose priorities; discuss how states can align priorities, expenditures, and revenues; weigh the federal government's contributions to solving or aggravating state woes; and consider how lawmakers should think about budgetary trade-offs.
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http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1399888103. (Registration is required)
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http://www.ustream.tv/channel/urban-institute-events. (Registration is not required)