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Forum on Local Government Budgets in the Time of COVID

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The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic turmoil have created unprecedented challenges for local governments. Town, city, and county governments across America are seeing declines in tax revenue while needing to spend more to address COVID, and still need to maintain funding for the basic services that their residents rely on. In perhaps the most difficult time for local governments in decades, it is more important than ever for local government leaders to share best practices and consult experts.

The University of Maryland School of Public Policy is convening a one day forum of experts on the economy and budgeting as well as local government budget practitioners to help officials understand this new fiscal world and identify strategies to adapt. Join us as we explore how local governments can survive, and thrive, in the time of COVID.


10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Session 1: Tea Leaves and Headwinds: COVID, Election Results, and the State of the American Economy 

  • Dr. Luke Spreen, University of Maryland School of Public Policy
  • Marc Goldwein, Center for a Responsible Federal Budget

2 - 3 p.m.
Session 2: How Local Governments Are Budgeting in the COVID Era

  • Stephen Curtiss, Finance Director, City of Omaha, NE
  • Robbie Sandlass, Treasurer, Harford County, MD


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