Speaking Engagement

Heyman Center Presents: America's Fiscal Crisis - Depression, Recession or Recovery?

The federal debt ceiling debate was a political debacle.  Rather than reaching a deal for long term debt reduction, tax reform and entitlement reform, a bipartisan "super-committee" of U.S. Senators and Representatives was created to formulate a long term plan by Thanksgiving or face draconian cuts to U.S. Defense spending and entitlement programs.  The recommendations of the super-committee will impact the U.S. economy, consumers, the 50 states, municipalities and the future of America.

The Congressional Super-Committee's Debt Reduction Plan – What will it provide and how will it impact the economy and America?
Esteemed panelists from diverse backgrounds will discuss what the super-committee's plan should look like, how it will impact the federal, state and local governments and the effects that it will have on consumers, retirees and the U.S. economy.

Political Will and Leadership: Fixing States' and Cities' Fiscal Woes
Elected officials and top economists will discuss the different approaches that state leaders are taking in solving their financial challenges; the recent fiscal and operational restructuring of public workers' contracts and the structural problems as well as the priorities in addressing future pension obligations. 

Speakers:
David G. Crane
President, Govern For California
Tony Fratto
Managing Partner, Hamilton Place Strategies
Former Deputy Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
Jonathan Henes
Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Marti Kopacz
Managing Principal, Grant Thorton LLP
Kevin Lembo
Connecticut State Comptroller
Dan Rutherford
Illinois State Treasurer
Michael Santoli
Associate Editor, Barron's Magazine