About 20 experts on local government issues related to oil and gas development convened at the Duke University Energy Initiative in late August 2015 for a workshop that focused on fiscal effects for local governments in the eight states examined in Phase II of the Shale Public Finance project. Along with local government officials from these states (Alaska, California, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and West Virginia), the workshop featured experts from independent research organizations, state and federal government, and oil and gas companies. At the workshop, experts provided feedback to Duke University researchers on their preliminary findings, discussed issues related to tax policy and long-term economic health for resource-dependent communities, and shared experiences from a range of regions affected by the oil and gas development in the shale era.
2015 Workshop Presentations:
- Net fiscal impacts for local governments in Shale Public Finance Phase II states. Daniel Raimi, Duke University Energy Initiative, Associate in Research.
- (No PowerPoint: Public finance issues and oil & gas in Woods County. Randy McMurphy, Woods County, Okla., County Commissioner)
- Public finance issues and oil & gas in Duchesne County, Uintah basin. Gregory Todd, Duchesne County, Utah, County Commissioner
- Public finance issues and oil & gas in Farmington, San Juan basin. Robert Mayes, Farmington, New Mexico, City Manager
- Public finance issues and oil & gas in Alaska. Larry Persily, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Alaska, Special Advisor to the Mayor
- Revenue allocation in phase II states. Daniel Raimi, Duke University Energy Initiative, Associate in Research
- Approaches to measuring local public finances. Justin Marlowe, University of Washington, Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement
This research was carried out at the Duke University Energy Initiative with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.