Economic Policy Forum on May 2
May
2
8:30 AM08:30

Economic Policy Forum on May 2

Read the GSI report on New Jersey’s tax competitiveness here.

This policy event, focused on original tax research by GSI, included presentations by economic experts Arthur Laffer, James Wetzler,  James Freeman, Tom Byrne, State Sen. Steve Ohoro, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Daniel J. Geltrude. Deborah Kostroun, a former Wall Street reporter for Bloomberg Television, moderated.

ARTHUR LAFFER, known to many as the "Father of Supply-Side Economics," helped trigger the world-wide tax-cutting movement in the 1980s with the Laffer Curve. He was a member of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board and was an adviser to UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He is the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates and Laffer Investments. His many books include The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy—If We Let it Happen. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and was formerly a professor at Pepperdine, the University of Southern California and the University of Chicago. Dr. Laffer will appear via Skype.

jAMES WETZLER, a former Director at Deloitte Tax LLP in New York City, served as the Chief Economist to the Joint Committee on Taxation in Washington D.C., and has been New York’s Commissioner of Taxation and Finance. He was appointed by President Clinton to review the restructuring of the Internal Revenue Service, served on the Obama-Biden transition team, and was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to his Tax Reform and Fairness Commission (2012-13), Tax Relief Commission (2013) and NY SMART (Saving More to Achieve Richer Tomorrows) Commission (2016). He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

JAMES FREEMAN, assistant editor of The Wall Street Journal editorial page. He is the author of the humorous news column “Best of the Web” for WSJ.com. He is a frequent panelist on the weekly round-table show Journal Editorial Report on the Fox News Channel.

TOM BYRNE is the managing director and head of equity portfolio management at Byrne Asset Management, which he founded in 1998. He is chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees the investment of public pension fund assets. He served as a member of the Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission and is a graduate of Princeton University.

State Senator STEVE OROHO is currently in his third term representing the northwestern part of New Jersey. He sits on three Senate committees: Economic Growth; Budget and Appropriations; and State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation. He is a certified financial planner with Stonebridge Capital Management.

LOUIS GREENWALD is the Majority Leader in the State Assembly. He was first elected to the General Assembly in 1996, representing the 6th District in Burlington and Camden counties. He was chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee from 2002 to 2011 and is currently a member of the Legislative Services Committee. A graduate of Seton Hall Law School, he is an attorney.

DAN GELTRUDE, CPA, is the founder Nutley-based Geltrude, an accounting and financial advisory firm. In 2010 he was appointed by Gov. Christie to the State Board of Accountancy, where he continues to serve. In addition to his experience in the banking and real estate fields, he teaches accounting courses at Montclair State University.

DEBORAH KOSTROUN, a former Wall Street reporter for Bloomberg Television, will moderate the forum. She is the managing director of Zito Partners, a leading communications firm. In her 13 years with Bloomberg, she reported from the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange and covered major financial stories including the Great Recession and bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers.

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