Arthur B. Laffer   Arthur Laffer, known to many as the "Father of Supply-Side Economics," helped triggered 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.    

Arthur B. Laffer

Arthur Laffer, known to many as the "Father of Supply-Side Economics," helped triggered 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 W. Wetzler   Jim 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 and graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

James W. Wetzler

Jim 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 and graduated summa cum laude from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 Tom Byrne   Tom Byrne serves as chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees the investment of public pension fund assets. He served as a member of the ground-breaking  Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission. He   is the managing director and head of equity portfolio management at Byrne Asset Management, which he founded in 1998. A graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School, he began his career as a securities and commodities lawyer and advised large institutional accounts at   Shearson Lehman. He was a   member of the Brady Commission staff that reported to President Reagan on the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

Tom Byrne

Tom Byrne serves as chairman of the New Jersey State Investment Council, which oversees the investment of public pension fund assets. He served as a member of the ground-breaking  Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission. He is the managing director and head of equity portfolio management at Byrne Asset Management, which he founded in 1998. A graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School, he began his career as a securities and commodities lawyer and advised large institutional accounts at Shearson Lehman. He was a member of the Brady Commission staff that reported to President Reagan on the causes of the 1987 stock market crash.

 
 State Sen. Steve Oroho   State Senator Steve Oroho is currently in his third term representing the 24th District in the northwestern corner 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.

State Sen. Steve Oroho

State Senator Steve Oroho is currently in his third term representing the 24th District in the northwestern corner 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.

 Deborah Kostroun   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.

Deborah Kostroun

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.

 Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald   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.

Assemblyman Louis D. Greenwald

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.