Winter Meeting of the Black Caucus
Washington, DC
January 10, 2012
Mr. Chris Lacour, chair of the Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Black Caucus, welcomed all participants and called the meeting to order at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.  Mr. Lacour recognized Ms. Linda Davidson and Mr. Chris Morrill (President and President-elect of the GFOA) who thanked the Black Caucus members for their active participation in the GFOA and for attending the winter meeting.  She also recognized GFOA Executive Director Mr. Jeff Esser and staff liaison Ms. Barrie Tabin Berger.   

A motion was made to approve the minutes from the May 22, 2011 meeting of the Black Caucus, which was held in San Antonio, Texas.  The motion passed and the minutes were approved.

Ms. Harlita Robinson, vice chair of the Black Caucus, introduced the meeting’s speaker:  Larry Jones, Assistant Executive Director of the United States Conference of Mayors.  Mr. Jones shared with black caucus members an overview of the state of affairs in Washington, DC, including gridlock in Congress, what steps Congress is taking to respond to the economic crisis, and how recent Congressional action or inaction has been affecting local governments.  Mr. Jones also discussed the challenges facing local governments in this recessionary period, including reduced property tax, sales tax and income tax revenue, and what his organization, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is doing to help cities address these hardships.  In particular, Mr. Jones urged all black caucus members to advocate before Congress for the Market Place Fairness Act (S. 1832), which would allow states and localities to collect sales tax revenue from remote vendors, and bring an additional $23 billion annually of much needed revenue to states and local governments.  Finally, Mr. Jones spoke about how he and his association appreciated their excellent working relationship with the staff and members of the GFOA.             

Mr. Lacour adjourned the meeting at 1:00 pm.