The Leaflet – Register for Heartland’s 2015 Emerging Issues Forum – West

Published July 9, 2015

Register for Heartland’s 2015 Emerging Issues Forum – West

Don’t miss The Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum – West in Seattle, Washington on August 7!  If you are already attending NCSL’s Legislative Summit, simply extend your trip an extra day. If you are not attending NCSL, make The Heartland Institute’s Emerging Issues Forum an educational trip all by itself.

Heartland is excited to have elected officials from Alaska, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington already registered to attend. We hope to have legislators from every state west of the Mississippi this year.

Registration and attendance are free for elected officials, spouses, and legislative staff members. You can register for the event here. If you are a member of Heartland’s Legislative Forum or become one today, you are also eligible for a travel scholarship of up to $350 for this event as well as one free night accommodations (August 6) at the host hotel.

The Emerging Issues Forum brings together elected officials, policy analysts, and government affairs professionals from across the country. You will hear from leading free-market experts as we explore innovative solutions to the top public policy issues – health care, education, energy and environment, and budget and taxes – that will face the states in 2016 and beyond.

If any of your colleagues share our commitment to free-market solutions, I hope you will consider introducing them to The Heartland Institute and inviting them to our Emerging Issues Forum as well!

Please register quickly as space is extremely limited. If you cannot make the Seattle event we will be hosting an Emerging Issues Forum – Midwest on September 25 in Chicago, Illinois and an Emerging Issues Forum – South in Nashville, Tennessee on October 9. You can register for those events here!

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Litigating Liberty: Lessons Learned from the Front Lines
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The July issue of Budget & Tax News reports on the downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service, a credit rating agency headquartered in New York City, of Chicago’s government-issued bonds to one of its lowest ratings, citing the city’s massive underfunded pension liabilities as a significant credit risk for investors. Bill Bergman, director of research for Truth in Accounting, commented, “we’ve got to try to address the reasons why we got into this situation in the first place. Part of the way out is being honest, as soon as possible, about our own knowledge of the finances and how we present those finances to the public.”

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