ABFM congratulates former Chair, Carolyn Bourdeaux, on election to the 7th Congressional District of Georgia

SUWANEE, GA — Today, Carolyn Bourdeaux declared victory in the race to represent Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, powered by historic, record-breaking voter turnout and a diverse coalition backing her campaign.

Read the full press release here.

Call for Papers: Virtual Conference on Politics and Administration in Public Finance

A conference on the theme “Politics and Administration in Public Finance” is occurring virtually on May 28-29, 2021. The keynote speaker is Casey Mulligan, the Chicago economics professor who was Trump’s Chief of the Council of Economic Advisers, and now has an autobiography of that experience.

Indiana University’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs invites proposals for a virtual conference on research in public finance. Topics are open to any area of public finance and can explore policies of any country and level of government, but of particular interest are topics that have direct relevance to the importance of politics and public administration of fiscal systems. Paper proposals will be competitively selected by a committee. We encourage submissions from all disciplines, including economics, political science, sociology, public administration, and law. Authors will get approximately 30 minutes to present their work, which will be followed by discussant comments and audience feedback.

Proposals are due January 15, 2021 through the conference website here.

Proposals can include full drafts, but should at least include title and abstract. Direct questions to Justin Ross.

The theme of the Fifth Annual Public Finance Consortium is “Politics and Administration in Public Finance.” In the wake of the recent U.S. election, there is enormous interest in political division, polarization, political geography, constitutional protections of political minorities, and public administration. These topics intersect with public fiscal decision making on innumerable dimensions which this conference seeks to address. Illustrative topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The politics of deficit spending
  • Conducting tax audits of political actors
  • Extracting revenue across the urban-rural divide
  • Trade-offs in different considerations of “Tax Justice”
  • Allocating expenditures in comparative electoral systems
  • Constitutional rights in taxing political minorities
  • Equity concerns in expenditure choices and/or revenue raising alternatives
  • The administration of fiscal and monetary policy

GASB Webinars cover Preliminary Views on Revenue and Expense Recognition

Do not miss the first in a series of three GASB webinars specially tailored for preparers and auditors on the recent Preliminary Views, Revenue and Expense Recognition. A deep dive look into the foundational principles for the proposed model will be webcast Thursday, November 12, 2020, starting at 2:00 p.m. ET. Register here for this webinar.

The series continues with a look into the recognition principles on November 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET and concludes with a look into the expense recognition and measurement principles proposed in the Preliminary Views on December 10, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET.

Participants in the free live webinars are eligible for 1 hour of continuing professional education (CPE) credit per webinar.

To register to the webinars and for more information, please visit the Educational Webinars and Webcasts page on the GASB website.

Creating a Practitioner-Focused Public Finance Research Agenda

One of the ongoing concerns about research in public budgeting and finance, and public administration in general, is that the research conducted by academics does not meet the needs of practitioners.
A research team led out of NC State University is working to establish a research agenda for the field of public budgeting and finance that incorporates the perspective of all those involved in public budgeting and finance, both academic and practitioner. The team is requesting your participation in the process asking you to briefly report your top research needs.
As a community-oriented project, those who respond to the project to also be included as a co-author on the paper. To learn more about the project or to participate, please visit: https://ncsu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0VWL4GGKPYXsfiZ

Schedule for 2020 Virtual Symposium Announced

We are pleased to announce the following schedule of sessions for ABFM’s 2020 Virtual Symposium, which will take place online September 24th-26th. This schedule is subject to updates and changes. Links to each of the sessions will be shared with registered attendees on Tuesday, September 22nd.

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Gold Level

Brigham Young University

Silver Level

Pennsylvania State University, School of Public Policy

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Government

University of Connecticut

Bronze Level

University of Colorado, Denver

Schedule (All Times US Eastern)