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BLM Hosts Leadership Summit on Fiscal Stability April 17

State Leaders to Join Top Business, Policy and Data Execs in Lansing for Information Sharing, Strategy Development 
BLM Hosts Leadership Summit on Fiscal Stability April 17
Monday, Apr 3, 2017
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DETROIT, Mich. — Michigan’s top business executives, nonprofit and community leaders, educators, and policymakers will meet at Lansing’s Radisson Hotel on Monday, Apr 17 for a high-impact discussion of the state’s fiscal stability.

The afternoon event will offer:

  • An understanding of state and local financial realities
  • Compelling expert perspectives on best fiscal practices
  • Networking with state business and policy leaders

“There have been numerous discussions in recent months about the budget challenges facing the state and its local units of government, particularly when it comes to unfunded future liabilities,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “As we move forward through this year’s budget process, it is both timely and essential that we stop and take a look at what’s happening across Michigan and take proactive action to identify solutions to our most pressing areas of concern.”

The Summit costs $50 and includes lunch, which begins at noon. The program begins at 1:00 p.m.and will wrap up at 4:30 p.m.  Interested parties can register at: https://businessleadersformichigan.com/event/blm-leadership-summit-fiscal-stability-register-today/.

The agenda includes:

Welcome & Overview
Doug Rothwell
, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan

National Overview on the Financial Health of the States
Hear an eye-opening update on states’ fiscal challenges and the policy options available to address them.
Robert Zahradnik, Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Fiscal Review of Michigan’s Municipalities
Gain a behind-the-scenes look into the financial challenges of Michigan municipalities struggling to meet the needs of local residents while maintaining commitments to employees & retirees.
Jeff Guilfoyle, Vice President, Public Sector Consultants

Securing a Stable Future for Michigan
Join us for a discussion on strategies for working proactively to ensure state and local governments are effective and fiscally sound.
Jeff Guilfoyle, Vice President, Public Sector Consultants
Anthony Minghine,
Associate Executive Director & COO, Michigan Municipal League
Robert Zahradnik
, Director, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Moderator: Christy McDonald,
Anchor, MiWeek

Finance Practices to Position States for Long Term Prosperity
Find out what approaches other states are taking to effectively manage their finances through good times and bad.
John Nixon, Vice President for Administrative Services, University of Utah and former State Budget Director for Michigan and Utah

Critical Steps in Preventing Fiscal Emergencies at the Local Level
Hear from a state with more AAA ratings in local government than any other state.
Kara Millonzi, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, University of North Carolina

The Impact of Unfunded Liabilities on a Community’s Ability to Fulfill Promises Made to Public Employees
Hear how, with proper planning today, we can provide competitive compensation and retirement benefits to public employees in a sustainable manner and address growing unfunded liabilities. 
David Walker, Senior Strategic Advisor for the Global Public Sector Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Fiscal Best Practices
Hear what it takes to move best practices from concept to reality, and the downside of not adopting fiscal reforms.
John Nixon, Vice President for Administrative Services, University of Utah and former State Budget Director for Michigan and Utah
Kara Millonzi, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government, University of North Carolina
David Walker, Senior Strategic Advisor for the Global Public Sector Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Moderator: John Bebow,
President and CEO, Center for Michigan

Michigan Progress: What’s On the Horizon?
Learn what the Snyder Administration’s priorities are for ensuring fiscal stability in Michigan.
Nick Khouri, State Treasurer, State of Michigan

Michigan’s State Policy Makers Share their Perspectives
Hear directly from state and elected officials on whether the solutions discussed are viable options for Michigan.
Nick Khouri, State Treasurer, State of Michigan
Arlan Meekhof,
Majority Leader, Michigan State Senate
Sam Singh,
Democratic Leader, Michigan House of Representatives
Curtis Hertel, Jr.,
State Senator, Michigan State Senate
Thomas Albert,
State Representative, Michigan House of Representatives
Moderator: Christy McDonald, Anchor, MiWeek
                                            

MEDIA NOTE: Members of the media are invited and encouraged to pre-register for the event here.

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