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DATE: April 26, 2005

Michigan's structural deficit will be the focus of expert panel
at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 13

DEARBORN---Michigan's structural budget deficit and the resulting challenges for the state's economy will be the focus of a conversation with experts and community leaders at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 13.

Tom Clay, director of state affairs for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, will provide an overview of "Michigan's Budget Crisis: Its Causes and Prospects for Resolution." Clay was Michigan's deputy state treasurer from 1991 to 1997 and was director of the state's executive budget office for 15 years before that.

Respondents will include John Clement, vice president for finance of the Health Alliance Plan; Ahmed Chabbani, business owner and chair of the American Arab Chamber of Commerce; and UM-Dearborn economics Prof. Bruce Pietrykowski.

"Michigan has experienced cyclical economic difficulties in the past, but now we are facing a more serious structural problem that limits our ability to maintain core services even in good economic times," according to Edward J. Bagale, vice chancellor for government relations at UM-Dearborn. "We need to draw together the best thinking we can to comprehend the underlying issues, and develop a strategic response to allow the state to prosper in the future."

The panel discussion is sponsored by the Forum for Innovative Leadership, a collaboration of UM-Dearborn, The Henry Ford and the Detroit Regional Chamber; the Citizens Research Council and the UM-Dearborn Business-Education Roundtable.
The program will begin at 8 a.m. and is expected to conclude around 9:30 a.m. It will be held in UM-Dearborn's Fairlane Center, on Hubbard Drive between Evergreen Road and the Southfield Freeway.

For registration or more information, contact the Office of Government Relations at UM-Dearborn, (313) 593-5140.

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