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ABFM Committees Announced
Chair Jim Savage recently-announced the following appointments to ABFM Committees for 2012:
Carol Ebdon, Chair
Meagan Jordan, Chair
Donijo Robbins, ex officio
Bryan Sullivan, ex officio
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:
Tax structure and economic development
Financing structural development
Public finances and sustainable development
Planning, public expenditure and economic development
Deficit financing and economic development
Public finance in models of economic growth
Federalism, fiscal decentralization and economic development
Public finance in developing and transitional countries
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 (email@example.com
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.