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Go West for excellent budget training from Pew, Capitolbeat

October 7, 2009
Attached are some details of the forthcoming Capitolbeat/Pew Center on the States Fiscal Forum, scheduled Nov. 6-7 at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Las Vegas (this is outside the Strip). I apologize if some of you already have details; I submitted some names in advance to Tiffany Shackelford, executive director of Capitolbeat (Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors).
Please pass this on to others; I will be sending this same information to reporters and associations in several states to ensure a good representation.
Here’s the deal:
WHO: Capitolbeat/Pew Center on the States
WHAT: Fiscal Forum (program below)
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 6 (evening only); Saturday, Nov. 7 (all day, adjourning at 5:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Ritz Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, Nev.
WHY: To inform reporters about state budgeting, related issues, and the federal stimulus
CONTACT: Tiffany Shackelford at tiffany.shackelford@gmail.com
We are offering:
-Hotel room (one night only) to 40 people.
-Travel cost up to $250 per person. This is also limited to about 50.
You should make these arrangements through Tiffany at the address above.
TENTATIVE PROGRAM (speakers still in progress):
FRIDAY: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Reception.
SATURDAY:
8-9 a.m. Welcome; Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman tentatively scheduled to talk about relationship of cities and states.
9-10 a.m. State budget and finances: Trends and challenges 10:15-11:30 a.m. States and the federal stimulus 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch: Mark McMullen, Moody’s Economy.com, will speak about the national economic outlook and the West.
12:45-1:45 p.m. Beyond California: Reporters talk about budget coverage in their states.
2-3 p.m. Breakout sessions on pensions, corrections (choose one)
3-4 p.m. Using data
4:30-5:30 p.m. (lounge session) The best fiscal stories you’re not covering.
(program ends at 5:30 p.m.)

Capitolbeat and the Pew Center on the States are putting on another Fiscal Forum, this time out West. It’s a great opportunity to get specific tips and ideas for how to cover your state’s budget crunch and the role the federal economic stimulus package plays in it.

It’s scheduled Nov. 6-7 at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Las Vegas (outside the Strip, but close enough to smell the chips).

And this one is too good to pass up. We are offering:

-Hotel rooms (one night only) to 40 participants.

-Up to $250 per person to offset travel costs for about 50 participants.

Here’s a look at the tentative schedule:

FRIDAY:

5:30-7:30 p.m. Reception.

SATURDAY:

8-9 a.m. Welcome; Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman tentatively scheduled to talk about relationship of cities and states.

9-10 a.m. State budget and finances: Trends and challenges

10:15-11:30 a.m. States and the federal stimulus

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Lunch: Mark McMullen, Moody’s Economy.com, will speak about the national economic outlook and the West.

12:45-1:45 p.m. Beyond California: Reporters talk about budget coverage in their states.

2-3 p.m. Breakout sessions on pensions, corrections (choose one)

3-4 p.m. Using data

4:30-5:30 p.m. (lounge session) The best fiscal stories you’re not covering.

If you’re interested in attending, e-mail Capitolbeat’s executive director, Tiffany Shackelford
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