January 2024 Fiscal Reporting

MONDAY January 8

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 standards with Bill Glasgall, Volcker Alliance

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Dinner with the deans


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, Charlotte Observer

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.

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 Budget and bonds wrapup Greg David


 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: The nation’s housing crisis and how to cover it

10:00 The basics with Greg David

10:00 What’s happening around the country. Vicki Been, Furman Center

11:30 to 12:30 The 5 most important things in covering housing with Conor Doughrety, NYT


12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch break

1:30 p.m. to 2:45   – The short course on pensions

3 to 4:30 Covering infrastucture and other big Biden programs


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 to 1:30 Lunch

1:30 to 3:45  Story workshop


FRIDAY Jan. 12

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