MEDIA ADVISORY: CBPP’s Tannenwald to Deliver MECEP’s Inaugural Shepard Lee Lecture

Augusta, Maine (Friday, April 23, 2010)—The Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP) announced today that Dr. Robert Tannenwald, a former vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and currently senior fellow with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ (CBPP) State Fiscal Project, will deliver MECEP’s first Shepard Lee Lecture on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.  Dr. Tannenwald’s topic will be “Tax Reform: How Maine Compares with Other States.”  A 5:00 p.m. reception will precede the 5:30 p.m. lecture.  The event will take place in the Lee Community Room of the University of Southern Maine’s (USM) Wishcamper Center, 34 Bedford Street in Portland.  USM’s Muskie School of Public Service is cosponsoring the event.

“With the state’s first major tax overhaul in four decades on hold awaiting the outcome of the June 8th referendum, Bob Tannenwald’s knowledge of tax reforms around the nation should provide valuable insights to inform the debate here in Maine,” said MECEP Executive Director Christopher “Kit” St. John.  “I can think of no more appropriate way to launch this lecture series that honors Shep Lee, one of Maine’s most outspoken advocates for economic justice.”

A discussion following the lecture will feature panelists Charles Colgan, chair and professor at the Muskie School’s Community Planning & Development Program; economist and former Maine legislator, Richard Woodbury; and Charles “Chip” Morrison, president, Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce.  The event is free to the general public and open to the media. Because of space limitations, attendees are asked to register in advance by visiting MECEP’s website or calling (207)622-7381.  Parking will be available in nearby campus parking lots and garages. 

Who: Dr. Robert Tannenwald, Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Program

What: MECEP 2010 Shepard Lee Lecture; “Tax Reform: How Maine Compares with Other States” (lecture followed by a panel discussion)

When: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 27, 2010 (5:00 p.m. reception, program begins at 5:30 p.m.)

Where: Lee Community Room, Wishcamper Center Muskie School for Public Service, 34 Bedford St. Portland

Prior to joining CBPP in 2010, Dr. Tannenwald served as a Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where he worked for 28 years, and as Director of the Bank’s New England Public Policy Center, which he founded in 2005.  From 1975 through 1978, he was an Analyst in Taxation and Fiscal Policy for the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service.  Dr. Tannenwald received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University, where he was a Danforth Graduate Fellow.

MECEP initiated the Shepard Lee Lecture series to honor the noted entrepreneur, civic leader, political advisor and advocate for justice who has contributed to Maine’s public life for more than five decades.  MECEP is Maine’s leading non-profit research and policy development organization.