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2008 Public Policy Forums

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Health System Reform in a Budget Crunch

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The impact that New York State’s budget problems will have on the state’s health care system was the focus of a Public Policy Forum sponsored by the Institute’s New York State Health Policy Research Center.

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The Economic Imperative
Joe Baker, Deputy Secretary to the Governor
Video Excerpts

The Reform Imperative – Planning for a High-Performance Health Care System
Dr. Richard F. Daines (left), New York State Commissioner of Health
Video Excerpts: Part 1 Part 2

Integrating and Operationalizing Both Imperatives
Deborah Bachrach, Deputy Commissioner of Health and Medicaid Director
Presentation   [PDF] Video Excerpts

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Ideas for Generating and Sustaining Financing for Health Coverage Initiatives in NYS

Friday, December 5, 2008

Seven experts from diverse backgrounds spoke at an Institute forum, discussing a variety of potential approaches to the expansion of health care coverage in New York State. They included David Sandman, senior vice president of the New York State Health Foundation (left); John Rodat, commissioner, Department of Management & Budget, Albany County; Elisabeth Benjamin, director, Healthcare Restructuring Initiatives, Community Service Society of New York; Raymond Sweeney, executive vice president, Healthcare Association of New York State; Sean Doolan, counsel, New York Conference of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans; Charles Brecher, research director, Citizens Budget Commission; and Paul Sorum, MD, chairman, Capital District Chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program.

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Presentation by Elisabeth Benjamin   [PDF]

Presentation by Paul Sorum   [PDF]

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Economic Prospects for the North Country

Monday, November 24, 2008

A forested region spans the Northern tier of four states – New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. The region is marked by great beauty and recreational opportunities, but also by economic problems. Speakers at an Institute forum reviewed the region’s prospects, and challenges.

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The Sustainable Economy Initiative
Rob Riley (left), President, the Northern Forest Center
[Presentation - PDF]
Video Excerpts

An Economic Development Perspective
Todd L. Shimkus, President, Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce
[Remarks - PDF]
Video Excerpts

Preserving the Assets of the Adirondacks
Brian L Houseal, Executive Director, Adirondack Council
[Vision Paper - PDF]
Video Excerpts

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Tough Times for States and Localities

Thursday, November 13, 2008

National experts on state finances analyzed trends in state/local revenues and expenditures. Donald J. Boyd, senior fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, addressed economic indicators and revenue trends. Bruce E. Baker, chief of the State and Local Branch of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, discussed recent increases in cost inflation for state and local governments. Henry W. Wulf, senior fellow at the Institute and former assistant chief in the Governments Division of the U.S. Census Bureau (at left), also offered comments.

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Price Indexes for State and Local Governments
Bruce E. Baker   [Presentation - PDF]
Video Excerpts

The Fiscal Crisis: New York in the National Context
Donald J. Boyd   [Presentation - PDF]
Video Excerpts

Key Questions for our Fiscal Future
Henry W. Wulf
Video Excerpts

Concluding Observations
Richard P. Nathan, Co-Director, The Rockefeller Institute of Government
Video Excerpts

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New York and the Global Economy

Tuesday, October 6, 2008

Rising threats to Wall Street’s role as a source of wealth and jobs, the vital link between higher education and economic growth, and the importance of immigrant entrepreneurs were among the topics explored in an October 6th Rockefeller Institute conference, “New York and the Global Economy.” Carl T. Hayden, chair of the State University Board of Trustees, analyzed steps that other nations have taken to boost economic development by expanding higher-education opportunity.
A New York State Network for Economic Research Conference

Welcome Overview   [MP3]
Richard P. Nathan, Co-Director, The Rockefeller Institute of Government
Robert B. Ward, Deputy Director, The Rockefeller Institute of Government

Keynote Address   [MP3]
Carl T. Hayden, Chairman, State University Board of Trustees

Panel: Research on Human Capital   [MP3]
Moderator: Risa I. Palm, Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, State University of New York
Richard Deitz, Regional Economist, Buffalo Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York   [PDF]
Peter Lombardi, Policy Analyst, Regional Institute, University at Buffalo   [PDF]

New York in Crisis   [MP3]
Rosemary Scanlon, Former Chief Economist, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey   [PDF]

Panel: Insights on International Investment   [MP3]
Moderator: Garrick Utley, President, The Levin Institute
John Wang, Founder/President, Asian-American Business Development Center
Jonathan Bowles, Director, Center for an Urban Future   [PDF]

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Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders

Monday, June 23, 2008

Speaker: Jason L. Riley, Editorial Board, The Wall Street Journal. Respondents: Pedro Caban, Vice Provost for Diversity & Educational Equity, State University of New York, and Irene Lurie, Professor of Public Administration & Policy, University at Albany.

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Gubernatorial Succession and the Powers of the Lieutenant Governor

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Speakers: Honorable Joseph L. Bruno, Majority Leader and President Pro Tem, New York State Senate; Honorable Robin Schimminger, New York State Assembly; Panel: Gerald Benjamin, SUNY New Paltz, Richard Briffault, Columbia University, Peter J. Galie, Canisius College.

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Transportation in the 21st Century: Where Is New York Going, And How Will We Pay?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Speakers — Elliot G. Sander, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Astrid C. Glynn, Commissioner, New York State Department of Transportation

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The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country, and Why It Can Again: A Book Forum

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Speaker — Coauthor Eric Lane, Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law

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Charter Schools in Albany: The Brighter Choice Experience

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Speaker — Thomas W. Carroll, President, Foundation for Education Reform & Accountability, and Founder and Chairman, Brighter Choice Charter Schools. Respondents: Sandra Vergari, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany; and Allison Armour-Garb, Director, Education Studies, Rockefeller Institute of Government

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Transforming Medicaid: Key to Health Care Reform

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Speaker — Richard F. Daines, M.D., Commissioner, New York State Department of Health