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Line Item Digital Edition, Jan/Feb 2012, Newsletter of ABFM
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Starting with this issue, ABFM's Line Item will be distributed to members as an electronic newsletter. We hope you will continue to find its contents reliable and resourceful with respect to provinding important information on ABFM events and conferences, job and call for papers announcements and other interesting features.

If you would like to contribute an article for a future Line Item, or would like for us to feature a specific job announcement or call for papers and proposals, please email me at

Kenneth Hunter
ABFM Newsletter Editor/Webmaster

Chair's Message

ABFM needs new members! Building our membership base is a vital task for promoting the health and longevity of our association. More members means more attendees at our annual conference and more readers of our research in Public Budgeting & Finance. Meagan Jordan, the chair of our Membership Committee, and I are asking for your recommendations on how we can make ABFM attractive for scholars, practitioners, and graduate students alike, to appeal to potential new members. Please put on your thinking caps and send your best suggestions to Meagan ( and me ( to build ABFM!
Thank you,
Jim Savage
ABFM Chair

ABFM Committees Announced

Chair Jim Savage recently-announced the following appointments to ABFM Committees for 2012:
Nominating Committee
Carol Ebdon, Chair
Bob Kravchuk
Christine Martell
Karen Kunz
Alfred Ho

Membership Committee
Meagan Jordan, Chair
Helisse Levine
Wei Yusuf
Donijo Robbins, ex officio
Bryan Sullivan, ex officio
PFP Board
Carol Ebdon (to 2014)
Scott Pattison (to 2014)
Charles Menifield (to 2014)
Kenneth Klase (to 2013)
Jim Savage (to 2013)


From Kip Betz...

GASB Issues Preliminary Views on Financial Projections
The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has issued the Preliminary Views, Economic Condition Reporting: Financial Projections, proposing that state and local governments present five-year projections of cash inflows, cash outflows, and financial obligations along with explanatory narrative to accompany their financial statements as required supplementary information.
The project focuses on forward-looking information that would provide users of governmental financial reports with the information they need to assess a government’s current financial health and its ability to continue to meet its commitments going
New GASB Local Government User Guide Now Available
The newly updated and revised edition of What You Should Know about Your Local Government’s Finances: A Guide to Financial Statements is now available. The new guide offers an easy-to-understand primer on the annual financial reports of local
governments and includes the major new reporting requirements issued since the publication of the original guide, including those on retiree health insurance and fund balance.
This comprehensive guide is designed to help readers develop a more informed understanding of local governments’ annual financial reports. It provides an in-depth yet readily comprehensible look at the importance of government financial statements, information provided about the entire government, governmental funds, notes to the financial statements, supporting information, and other information governments may provide with the financial statements.
Additional information is available by clicking here to access the GASB Store.

Call for Papers

Symposium on Public Finance and Economic Development
Public Finance and Management ( is organizing a symposium on "Public finance and economic development" and we are seeking contributions.
Public finances are of great concern for transitional and developing countries. As a consequence of a large part of the economic activity coming from the informal economy, the tax base is narrow. As a result, tax revenue is meager compared to developed economies. The purpose of this symposium is to help enhance our understanding of the situation a government may face in the developing world, to assess potential successful policies and to highlight potential concerns. In particular, we are looking for papers that address the issues of public finance and economic development. The papers can be either theoretical or empirical.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
  1. Tax structure and economic development
  2. Financing structural development
  3. Public finances and sustainable development
  4. Planning, public expenditure and economic development
  5. Deficit financing and economic development
  6. Public finance in models of economic growth
  7. Federalism, fiscal decentralization and economic development
  8. Public finance in developing and transitional countries
  9. Global governance, public finance and economic development
The deadline for submissions of abstracts/paper proposals is March 15, 2012. Abstracts/paper proposals should be submitted directly to the guest editor by email: Thierry Warin (
By April 1, 2012, a set of proposals will be selected and the authors asked to submit full length articles by July 1, 2012. All submitted articles will be subject to blind refereeing. The peer-review process will determine the final selection of articles for the symposium.
Contributors to the symposium will have a chance to meet and to discuss preliminary versions of their papers in a special session at the conference of the Forum for Economists to be held June 1-4, 2012 in Amsterdam. Please note that the symposium and the session are unrelated and that authors are free to decide whether or not to participate in the session.
Papers are considered for publication in PFM under the assumption that they are original, unpublished work and not elsewhere under review. The final versions of accepted manuscripts must comply with the manuscript guidelines.

Calendar of Events

2012 ASPA Annual Conference
March 2nd-6th
Las Vegas, Flamingo Hotel
Click here to visit the conference website

MPSA Conference
April 12th-15th
Chicago, Hilton Palmer House Hotel
Click here for more info

GFOA Annual Conference
June 10th-13th
Click here for more info 

2012 ABFM Annual Conference
October 11th-13th
Marriott East Side
New York City

Updates on conference planning and CFP will be provided in the next Line Item!

Job Announcements

We're pleased to provide informatino on the following career opportunities. If you have a position with your institution or agency that you would like posted on our newsletter and website, please email

ABFM is a research section of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)

About ABFM

We aim to promote the professional development of budgeting and financial management in the public and non-profit sectors. Embracing both theorectical and operational concerns, ABFM addresses issues in budgeting processes and practice in financial management.

Click here for membership information.

2012 Executive Committee

James D. Savage
University of Virginia

Scott Pattison

Vice Chair
Charles Menifield
University of Memphis

Immediate Past Chair
Carol Ebdon
University of Nebraska-Omaha

Secretary & Archivist
Donijo Robbins
Grand Valley State University

Bryan Sullivan
State of Delaware

Newsletter Editor
Kenneth Hunter
City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Executive Committee
2010-2012 Term
Jonathan B. Justice, University of Delaware
Kenneth Hunter, City of Rocky Mount, NC
M. Peter van der Hoek, Erasmus University (Denmark)

2011-2013 Term
Carolyn Bourdeaux, Georgia State University
Meagan Jordan, University of Arkansas-Little Rock
Eric Scorsone, University of Michigan

2012-2014 Term
Thad Calbrese, City University of New York
Helisse Levine, Long Island University
Dan Smith, New York University
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