Open discussion will include guidelines for transparency, job creation, and social services
WHAT: A call to bring together progressive policy experts from across the country to answer questions and share practical strategies for obtaining federal stimulus funds and using them to shore up budget gaps, restore ailing economies, and effect lasting progressive change.
WHO: Phineas Baxandall, Federal Tax and Budget Policy Analyst, U.S. PIRG
Maurice Emsellem, Policy Co-Director, National Employment Law Project
Nick Johnson, Director of the State Fiscal Project, Center for Budget & Policy Priorities
Joel Packer, Director of Education Policy and Practice, National Education Association
Jenny Sullivan, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Families USA
Nathan Newman, Interim Executive Director, Progressive States Network
WHEN: 4pm EST, Thursday, February 26
Poised to receive billions in federal grant money amidst unprecedented budget shortfalls, state governments across the country face a host of difficult decisions over how to identify and allocate the resources they need to turn their ailing economies around. On Thursday, PSN will host a call to give legislators from across the country a chance to brainstorm solutions and address questions to some of the nation's leading policy experts on how to understand funding guidelines and identify progressive policy priorities as they move forward to implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
A major focus will be how state governments -- which thus far have been lagging in the transparency systems they have in place to track the number and quality of jobs created through contracts funded by economic subsidies -- can bring their online reporting systems up to par with the standards required under the federal recovery plan.
The call comes on the heels of PSN's announcement of an initiative to assist states in implementing the recovery plan. The initiative is centered around a new online resource hub at http://progressivestates.org/stimulus, which provides legislators, advocates, and the general public with policy guidelines, model legislation, information about where federal funding is being directed, and links to resource organizations in a host of key issue areas, including: transparency, unemployment insurance, infrastructure and transit, health care, clean energy, and increasing access to and adoption of broadband.