Annual Meeting

MCFE 90th Annual Meeting of Members and Policy Forum
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
St. Paul River Centre, St. Paul, MN

Business Session 7:30 am – 8:15 am         Policy Forum (open to all)  8:30 am – 1:30 pm 

Event Overview

Our 90th Annual Meeting of Members and Policy Forum combines a unique opportunity to engage on timely tax and fiscal policy topics of importance to Minnesota’s economy and Minnesota businesses and connect with colleagues and peers while learning more about the MCFE’s ongoing work and activities.

This year, our policy forum takes a closer look at two issues making headlines.

2016 Tax Policy Panel

The State of State Tax Administration and Procedural Protections for Taxpayers

Minnesota tax administration appears to be an enigma wrapped in a riddle.   A prestigious national benchmarking study  continues to show Minnesota ranks near the top of the nation in the quality of statutes  and  rules governing administrative processes  that  impact taxpayers’  perceptions  of  fairness  and  efficiency.  Yet state tax practitioners are voicing considerable and  growing frustration with the current state of state tax administration leading to calls for an upgrade of Minnesota’s existing “taxpayer bill of rights” to better guarantee fair and equitable treatment.

Why the incongruity?     What has changed?    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.

2016 Fiscal Policy Panel

Health Care Finance, Cost Control, and the State Budget:  Are We Making Progress?

From the fiscal future of MNSure to the impending “silver tsunami” and associated long term care demands – health care spending is a powerful force in the state budget placing ever-greater demands on the revenue system.  By one accounting, in just the last decade, six health care policy task forces have been created in Minnesota to grapple with challenges of adequacy, quality and sustainability in health care finance and delivery.   These initiatives have generated a plethora of roadmaps, strategies, and recommendations -- 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.

2016 Annual Meeting Luncheon Speaker

Michael Guyette

President and CEO

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

A reminder: The Policy Forum is open to both members and non members, so please consider hosting a friend or colleague and introducing them to the MCFE.

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