Talk on States Fiscal Health at GMU, April 21

George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs is hosting Ray Scheppach, executive director of the National Governors Association, on April 21 from 4 to 6 PM for a talk entitled “The State Fiscal Situation, Health Care Reform and Federalism.” This should be of interest for most of the readers of this blog. The talk will be in Enterprise Hall on GMU’s Fairfax Campus.

Here’s the event description:

This presentation will focus on the dramatic impact of the “Great Recession” on states and how they need to respond in terms of both reforming their revenue systems and redesigning how they deliver services from prisons to elementary and secondary education. The implementation of health care reform will both exasperate the state fiscal situation and provide an opportunity for states to work with providers to make delivery system changes that could ultimately bend the health care cost curve. Heath Care reform may also be a game changer in terms United States Federalism.

Dr. Scheppach has served as Executive Director of the National Governors Association for over 25 years. He is the leading spokesman for the states on federal legislation before the White House and Congress.