LANSING, Michigan - Mitch Bean, former director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, and Eric Lupher, Director of Local Affairs at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, will participate in a panel discussion on Michigan’s budget situation and trends in Michigan’s budgets and their effect on our local municipalities. The discussion, moderated by League Vice President and Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, will take place 3:15-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Michigan Municipal League's 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing.

Bean and Lupher will participate in a panel discussion following a presentation by current Michigan Budget Director John Nixon. View the full conference agenda. Register online here. Nixon is among several top government officials headlining this year's Capital Conference. Also speaking are Governor Rick Snyder, and John Porcari, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation. View all the speakers here.

More about Bean and Lupher:

Mitchell E. Bean, Great Lakes Economic Consulting, formerly served as the Director of the Michigan House Fiscal Agency, a nonpartisan agency within the Michigan House of Representatives. He was one of three voting members of the Michigan Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference which, by law, determines the official economic and revenue forecast that serves as the basis for the state budget. Prior to his appointment as Agency Director, Bean was the Chief Economist for the Michigan House of Representatives. He has extensive experience in forecasting Michigan's tax revenue, and has produced numerous publications on related topics. In addition, he has been a regular participant in discussions at the Midwest Economic Roundtable, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.Be3an received a B.A. in economics from Washington State University, Pullman, WA, and an M.A. in economics from Michigan State University.

Eric Lupher is Director of Local Affairs at the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, where he has served in various capacities since 1987.  During that time, Lupher has done studies on a number of state and local government policy issues, including extensive work on local government consolidation and collaboration. He also manages the CRC website.  After serving as treasurer of the Governmental Research Association for 15 years, he currently serves as the association’s president.  He served six years on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), an advisory body for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), representing the user community on behalf of the Governmental Research Association.  Lupher received a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College in Michigan State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Wayne State University.

Matt Bach is director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached and 734) 669-6317.

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