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Humphrey Institute Panel Tackles the Financial Crisis

IMG_0134.jpgThe Humphrey Institute hosted a panel discussion this week called The Local and National Economies: Light at the End of the Tunnel?.

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.

The panel of experts tackled 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.

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