PROGRAM agenda Tuesday, December 15: 9:00 AM Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund & Taxes
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on New Hampshire’s unemployment trust fund. The fund plummeted from a healthy $300 million bal- ance in the Spring to practically being depleted this fall. Only cash infusions from the Federal Cares Act kept the UI Trust Fund in the black. COVID-19 is still with us, meaning it is likely there will continue to be higher than normal levels of unemployment, which will continue to put pressure on the UI Trust Fund into 2021. During this session, learn about strategies to mitigate higher unemploy- ment insurance taxes on employers. Panelists: Kathy Garfield, president, Keller Companies; Rich Lavers, deputy com - missioner, Department of Employment Security; and Bill Peterson, vice president of human resources, Monadnock Paper Mills. 10:00 AM PFAS & Packaging There is growing concern among businesses about over-regulation of PFAS chemicals, many which are inert and used in packaging materials and health care. Learn more about the importance of these chemicals and why NH should be cautious about generalizing PFAS chemicals in state policies. Panelists: John Tippett, CEO, Textiles Coated International; Rob Simon,VP of Chemical Products Technology and Chlorine Chemistry Divisions, American Chemistry Council; Steve Ahnen, president, NH Hospital Association; and Curtis Lancaster, VP, Supply Chain Division, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. 11:00 AM Fixing the State Budget Hole Governor Sununu estimates that COVID-19 has created up to a $200 million deficit in the current budget making crafting the next two-year budget next session even more difficult. Hear strategies from state budget writers on ad - dressing the fiscal shortfall and building a new two-year state budget. Panelists: Commissioner Charlie Arlinghaus, Department of Administrative Ser- vices; Senator Lou D’Allesandro, NH Senate District 20; Senator Chuck Morse, NH Senate District 22; and Representative Lynne Ober, Hillsborough 37, House Finance Committee.
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