June 2024 Fiscal Reporting

MONDAY June 17

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

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

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 Budget workshop

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Group dinner


9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Bonds 101 Greg

9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: How States and Cities Raise Money: All You Need to Know About the Bond Market with Matt Fabian

12:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:  How to apply this on your beat. Genna Contino

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch break

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 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.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 Budgets and Bonds wrapup


9:00 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.: Tax incentives and TIFS with with Arlene Martinez, Good jobs First and

A.D. Quig, Chicago Tribune

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch break

1:30 p.m. to 4:30

The nation’s housing crisis and how to cover it

The basics with Greg David

What’s happening around the country. Vicki Been, Furman Center

The 5 most important things in covering housing




9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Covering infrastucture and other big Biden programs

11:00 am -12:30 The short course on pensions

12:30 to 1:30 Lunch

1:30 to 3:45  Story workshop

4 pm to 5 pm Budget standards with Bill Glasgall, Volcker Alliance

FRIDAY June 21

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


Monday July 8 9 a.m. to 5 pm

How to cover a local economy. We will examine all the data available to cover a local economy and how to use them in stories and trace the pandemic economic plunge and the recovery

Tuesday July 9

9 to 12:30. Tax incentives: How governments use them and abuse them and how to cover them

1:30 to 5. The Housing Crisis. Every area of the country has failed to build enough housing. We look into how bad the crisis is and what is being done about it around the country and the best approach to writing housing stories.

Wednesday July 10

9 to 12. Big Money for your Hometown. The Biden Administration’s three major domestic accomplishments–infrastructure, inflation reduction and CHIPS Act–are sending billions to every state in the country. We go over what is happening and how to cover it.

12 to 2: Working lunch and workshop: Writing better stories