PETALUMA – A reality check is in store for public and private sectors in the North Bay at the upcoming 2011 Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference.
Titled “The Public Sector: Opportunities and Realities,” the event features SSU Economics Department chair Rob Eyler’s economic analysis and forecast as well as a hard look at looming pension and budget issues.
Stanford Professor Joe Nation, whose recent study estimated a state public employee pension fund shortfall of $200 billion, will be a featured speaker.
“The conference goal is threefold,” said Dr. Eyler. “First, it’ll provide perspectives on our public sector finances that people haven’t been exposed to before.”
Secondly, he said, it’ll offer potential solutions from people other than elected officials – business people who see intertwined budget and pension issues as business challenges.