Schedule

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY FISCAL SESSION

MONDAY Jan. 10

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions

10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Budgets A to Z with Greg David (includes lunch break).

Both budgets 101 and a special look at the pandemic’s effect on budgets

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: What makes a good fiscal reporter. Stephen Fehr

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Dinner with Dick Ravitch

 

TUESDAY Jan. 11

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Bonds 101

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.: How States and Cities Raise Money: All You Need to Know About the Bond Market with Matt Fabian

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Tips on writing bond stories with bond reporter TBA

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch break

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Get to Know EMMA

For reporters covering state or local government, the Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website provides free access to detailed information about the financial health of states, cities and counties, as well as many hospitals, universities, stadiums and other ventures financed by public debt. Staff from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board will demonstrate how to find data and information on EMMA, from public finance credit ratings to comprehensive annual financial reports. This interactive session will also highlight several EMMA tools and resources that can assist reporters with monitoring state and local finances and identifying potential stories.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 Work session

WEDNESDAY Jan. 12

 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: The Pension Crisis with Don Boyd

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.:  Covering Pension Investments with Greg David

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch break

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  – How to cover pensions with reporter TBA

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  – Local economic reporting

THURSDAY Jan. 13

9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: Tax incentives with Arlene Martinez, Good jobs First

11:30 a.m to 12:15 TIFS with A.D. Quig, Crain’s Chicago Business

12:15 to 1:30 Lunch

1:30 to 3:30 Covering the social safety net with Greg David

3:45 to 4:45 Fiscal Red Flags with Bill Glasgall

FRIDAY Jan. 14

9:30 a.m. – to 11:00 Wrap up with Greg David

  • TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY LOCAL ECONOMY SESSION

MONDAY Jan. 24

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Welcome and Introductions

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: How to cover a local economy with an emphasis on jobs, unemployment as well as all the other indicators one can use with an emphasis on the pandemic recession and recovery with Greg David and NYT economic reporter Ben Casselman

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Dinner with Dick Ravitch

TUESDAY Jan. 25

9 a.m. – 12:00 pm: Covering infrastructure stories given the huge federal infrastructure investment

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch break

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Covering the Social safety net

WEDNESDAY JAN. 26

9 a.m. – 12:00 pm: Seminar on better small business and real estate reporting

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Wrapup with Greg David