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[s5] Sen. Charbonneau Selected for National ‘Fiscal Health’ Study Group, Will Help Prepare States for Future Economic Crises

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2012) — State Sen. Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso) accepted an invitation this week as a “front-line fiscal policy thinker” to join a national group of state legislators working to prepare state governments for future financial stability in economic crises.


Charbonneau was one of 12 legislators nationwide selected to serve on the bipartisan State Fiscal Health Work Group recently created by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL). The group of fiscal policy experts will search for ways to strengthen state budgets during financial hardships and compile a “Principles of Sound State Budgeting Practices” report that will serve as a guide for legislatures throughout the country during times of economic crises.


“Being chosen as a part of this bipartisan study group is a great honor and will also be a wonderful opportunity to learn other states’ fiscal policies and budgeting practices in a tough economy,” Charbonneau said. “I look forward to sharing Indiana’s best practices — including four consecutive balanced budgets — and working with other legislators and staff to develop new ideas that can further improve the financial stability of our state.” 


Members of the State Fiscal Health Work Group will meet together in Washington, D.C., in June and Chicago in August. For more information on the NCSL, visit