The MCFE Policy Forum is open to both members and non members, Members: please consider hosting a friend or colleague and introducing them to the MCFE.
Our 90th Annual Meeting of Members and Policy Forum is a unique opportunity to explore timely tax and fiscal policy topics while connecting with colleagues and peers and learning more about the MCFE’s ongoing work and activities.
This year, our tax and fiscal policy forums examine two issues of significant relevance to Minnesota taxpayers and the Minnesota economy.
While Minnesota ranks near the top of the nation in the quality of statutes and rules governing tax administration, there is a growing sense of concern within the tax practitioner community regarding some aspects of tax administration. This has led some to call for an upgrade of Minnesota’s existing “taxpayer bill of rights” to better guarantee fair and equitable treatment.
What are the primary process and procedural concerns of today’s practitioners? Can they be addressed without creating unintended consequences or undue administrative costs? And looking ahead at the evolution of state and local tax issues, what future administrative and procedural matters should we be thinking about now? Using the findings of a MCFE survey of state tax professionals, a distinguished panel of tax experts will discuss these and other questions regarding how to promote a strong ethic and system of voluntary compliance through fair, efficient, and equitable tax administration.
In 2009 the state’s Budget Trends Study Commission painted a near apocalyptic vision of future state budgets based on the combination of future demographics, state revenue trends, and historical rates of health care spending. Since then both state and federal government actions have significantly altered the health care finance and delivery landscape. New roadmaps, strategies, and recommendations have been developed – all with potentially major direct and indirect implications for the state budget. Yet despite all this effort and activity, the path forward appears still seems very uncertain – full of political complexities, philosophical controversies, and conflicts of interest.
Where do we stand right now in our efforts to deliver on the financial sustainability of health care generally and our public health care programs specifically? Where have we achieved success? Is that success lasting? Where do we seem stuck and why? What are our biggest fiscal challenges in health care going forward and what will it take to arrive at consensus on how to address these issues? Our panel of experts representing insurers, providers, and policy officials will discuss where we stand and what we need to do.