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Humphrey Institute Panel Tackles the Financial Crisis

The Humphrey Institute will host a panel discussion called The Local and National Economies: Light at the End of the Tunnel? at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 4, at the Humphrey Center.

What: Panel discussion on managing the current financial crisis

When: 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 4

Where: Humphrey Forum, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis

Who: Former Minnesota Commissioner of Finance and Humphrey Senior Fellow Jay Kiedrowski, State Economist Tom Stinson, Federal Reserve Bank Vice President Arthur Rolnick, Chief Economist for Ameriprise Financial Dan Laufenberg, and Associate Professor and economist Maria Hanratty.

Contact: Anne Mason, (612) 625-9436,

America’s financial crisis took center stage during the presidential and local elections late in 2008 and continues to unfold as the country transitions to a new administration. Minnesota has realized the impact this crisis will have on its own economic future, with Governor Pawlenty forecasting an immense shortfall in the state’s budget for the coming year.

This panel of financial experts will tackle the question of how best to manage the financial crisis at both the national and Minnesota levels, and will include:

Maria Hanratty is an economist and Humphrey Institute associate professor, with expertise on the economics of poverty and comparative social welfare institutions.
Jay Kiedrowski will moderate the discussion. He previously served as commissioner of finance for the State of Minnesota and is currently a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute.
Dan Laufenberg is chief economist for Ameriprise Financial and previously worked with the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., and with the Congressional Budget Office.
Art Rolnick is the senior vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
Tom Stinson serves as Minnesota’s state economist, supervising preparation of the state’s revenue forecast. He also is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota.

This is the second in a series of panel discussions about the state of the economy hosted by the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. The event is free and open to the public.

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