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Urban Institute Event: “State of the States: Budgeting in the Trump Era”

urban_grid_blue_transTrachtenberg School students are invited to attend “State of the States: Budgeting in the Trump Era” on Thursday, January 26 from 12:00-1:30pm at the Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW. Registration is required to attend this event. Lunch is available at 11:30 am.

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, we are likely to see dramatic changes in federal-state relationships. Federal reforms could hand states more autonomy but also far more responsibility in providing and funding public services. Organized by the Urban Institute’s State and Local Finance Initiative and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, this forum will address the state of state budgets and what the new administration and Congress could mean for states’ fiscal health. Among other topics, the panel will discuss the following questions:

  • What is the state of state finances?
  • What critical spending and tax choices do states face in 2017?
  • How might big federal tax and spending changes affect states?
  • Are state finances sustainable over the long term?
  • How will fiscal choices drive economic growth?
  • Are states ready for the next recession?



  • Joseph Henchman, vice president for legal and state projects, Tax Foundation
  • John Hicks, executive director, National Association of State Budget Officers
  • Nick Johnson, senior vice president for state fiscal policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Kim Rueben, director, State and Local Finance Initiative, Urban Institute
  • Lori Montgomery, deputy national editor, Washington Post (moderator)




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