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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

 

11:45 AM to 1:15 PM

Cooking Up Hunger Solutions: A Conversation with Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods America

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-Ballroom A
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Education Committee
  • NCSL Health & Human Services Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Hunger Partnership

Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular Travel Channel series but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. Come join this discussion to learn about innovative partnerships, initiatives and data-driven strategies such as Taste of the NFL and Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.

Book signing with Andrew Zimmern to immediately follow session.


  • Presiding:
  • Representative Dwight Evans, Pennsylvania
  • Senator Renee S. Unterman, Georgia
  • Speaker:
  • Kim Nelson, General Mills, Minnesota
  • Andrew Zimmern, Travel Channel, Minnesota

 

3:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Military & Veterans Affairs Economic Outlook

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 2-205ABCD
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
  • NCSL Task Force On Military & Veterans Affairs
Discuss potential federal defense spending cuts and the impact it will have on states.

  • Panelist:
  • Tim Ford, Association of Defense Communities Washington D.C.
  • Michael Gilroy, Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment, Virginia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

 

7:30 AM to 8:45 AM

Border-to-Border Broadband: Making Access to High-Speed Internet a Priority in Minnesota

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
  • NCSL Labor and Economic Development Committee
Minnesota set goals to ensure, by 2015, that all its residents and businesses have high-speed broadband Internet access and that the state be a leader, nationally and globally, for broadband utilization. Learn about Minnesota's broadband development efforts, including legislative and policy initiatives to accelerate achieving these goals. (Continental breakfast.)

  • Facilitator:
  • Senator Matt Schmit, Minnesota
  • Speaker:
  • Margaret Anderson Kelliher, Governor's Task Force on Broadband, Minnesota
  • Rick King, Thomson Reuters, Minnesota
  • Danna Mackenzie, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges Thomson Reuters for sponsoring this breakfast.
 

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Budgets and Revenue Committee Business Meeting

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102DEF
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
Review and discuss policies under the jurisdiction of the Budgets and Revenue Committee and cast your vote.

  • Presiding:
  • Senator Toi W. Hutchinson, Illinois
  • Senator Ellen S. Roberts, Colorado

 

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Budgets and Revenue Committee State and Federal Budget Update

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102DEF
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
Discuss NCSL's latest report on state budget and tax actions and the most recent federal budget activity and its effect on states, and share your state's current fiscal situation.

  • Speaker:
  • Jeff Hurley, NCSL
  • Arturo Perez, NCSL
  • Trinity Tomsic, Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS), Washington, D.C.

 

12:30 PM to 1:45 PM

The State Role in Private Retirement Security (Luncheon)

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center LEVEL 1-102ABC
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
A number of states are considering state-run retirement savings plans for private workers without an employer-provided pension. Some would mandate employer participation, others would be voluntary. These proposals raise several questions – do private employers and workers currently lack access to cost effective private retirement plans? Would these state proposals offer new options, lower costs or incentives not available from private sector providers? How would a state plan mesh with the federal framework of worker protections and income taxation? Explore the merits of state, federal and private sector savings reforms.

  • Speaker:
  • Jeffrey Brown, University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
  • Sarah Mysiewicz, AARP, Washington, D.C.

Sponsored By: NCSL gratefully acknowledges the American Council of Life Insurers and the Minnesota Insurance and Financial Services Council for sponsoring this luncheon.
 

2:00 PM to 3:15 PM

The Federal Debt: What's at Stake for States?

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
While the annual federal deficit is decreasing in the short-term, the federal government is still grappling with how to handle the nation's rising debt. Examine what options are available to put America on a sustainable fiscal path and how this may alter the state-federal fiscal dynamic.

  • Moderator:
  • Ken Levine, Texas Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Gil Gutknecht, Former member of Congress, Fix the Debt, Washington, D.C.
  • David Minge, Former member of Congress, Fix the Debt, Washington, D.C.

 

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

State Tax Reform -- An Update

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Mezzanine Level-M100DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
Tax reform continues to be a topic in state capitols as revenues slowly recover from the Great Recession. But reform can represent various things to different stakeholders. Hear some top experts weigh in on tax reform efforts and what it that means for taxpayers and the states.

  • Moderator:
  • Katherine Schill, Minnesota Legislature
  • Speaker:
  • Joseph Henchman, The Tax Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Michael Leachman, Center On Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, D.C.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 

11:30 AM to 12:45 PM

All Bets Are Off: The Battle Over Online Gambling

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Level 1-101DE
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Communications, Financial Services & Interstate Commerce Committee
Despite decades of successful state stewardship of the gambling industry, Congress continues to try to encroach on states' prerogatives to regulate gambling within their own borders. Find out about early efforts among a handful of states to introduce online gambling as well as the regulatory impacts on states posed by the federal legislation.

  • Facilitator:
  • James Kilsby, Gambling Compliance, Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker:
  • Andy Abboud, Las Vegas Sands Corp., Nevada
  • Jon Porter, Porter Gordon Silver, Washington, D.C.
  • Roger Salazar, Alliance For State and Consumer Rights, Washington, D.C.

 

2:15 PM to 3:30 PM

The New Economy of Sharing

Location:
Minneapolis Convention Center Lower Level-L100DEFG
  • NCSL Budgets & Revenue Committee
  • NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee
It's been called one of the "Ten Ideas That Will Change the World." It's the sharing economy, and it encompasses everything from ride-sharing to vacation rentals. Examine transportation-sharing options and how states are providing consumer protection and oversight for this burgeoning industry.

  • Panelist:
  • Nelson Chan, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, California
  • Roger Chapin, Mears Transportation Group, Florida
  • Ashwini Chhabra, Uber Technologies, New York