News Release - Policy Experts to Gather in New York Nov. 30

For Immediate Release –

Nov. 18, 2009

Media contact: Mark Marchand – (518) 443-5283 /

Policy Experts to Gather in New York Nov. 30 for Rockefeller Institute’s National Conference on States’ Fiscal Problems

NY Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher, and Peterson Foundation President David M. Walker Among Speakers

NEW YORK — As states across the U.S. face unprecedented revenue declines and significant budget gaps, experts on the subject will gather at a Rockefeller Institute of Government conference here Nov. 30 to discuss challenges and possible solutions.

The event — “States’ Long-Term Budget Gaps: Are There Any Solutions?” — will be held at The Levin Institute, located at 116 E. 55th Street, in New York.

“All the states are struggling to solve the fiscal consequences of the deepest recession since the Great Depression,” said Thomas L. Gais, acting director of the Rockefeller Institute. “We hope and expect that this conference will shed important new light on potential solutions.” In its most recent report on state revenues across the U.S., the Rockefeller Institute reported a record decline for the second quarter in a row — a drop of 16.6 percent during the second quarter of 2009, when compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, whom Governor David Paterson has tasked with developing solutions to the Empire State’s budget gaps, will open the conference. David M. Walker, president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and former U.S. Comptroller General, will address the key position of the states in the nation’s large and growing fiscal challenges. State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher will speak about a public university’s role in addressing state fiscal challenges. Other experts participating in the event are listed below.


10:30Welcome/Overview: Thomas L. Gais, acting director, Rockefeller Institute;
                     Robert B. Ward, deputy director, Rockefeller Institute

10:45Richard Ravitch, lieutenant governor of New York State

11:30Nancy L. Zimpher, chancellor of the State University of New York

11:45Kim Rueben, Income and Benefits Policy Center, The Urban Institute: Challenges in                               State-Local Expenditures
                     Ronald Snell, director-state services, National Conference of State Legislatures: Discussion

12:30David M. Walker, president/CEO, Peter G. Peterson Foundation


  1:30Don Boyd, senior fellow, Rockefeller Institute: Challenges in State-Local Revenues


  2:10Nick Johnson, director of the state fiscal project, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities: Revenue Solutions
                     E.J. McMahon, director, Empire Center/Manhattan Institute: Expenditure Solutions
                     John Cape, director-strategic consulting, Public Financial Management, Inc.: Discussion

  3:10Richard P. Nathan, former director, Rockefeller Institute:  Implications for Fiscal Federalism:                               Weakening of the States



To RSVP for the Nov. 30 event, please contact Michele Charbonneau of the Institute, 518-443-5258, or


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