Annual Pennsylvania Budget Briefing

Annual Pennsylvania Budget Briefing

Hilton Harrisburg
1 N 2nd St | Harrisburg, PA 17101
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 8:30 am to 3 pm
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At the same time that the Wolf administration is preparing for its second term, the state’s Independent Fiscal Office has projected a looming structural deficit in the upcoming 2019-20 fiscal year that could reach as high as $1.7 billion. As the new session approaches and with it, Gov. Wolf’s February budget address, the  PA Chamber is prepared to push back against proposed tax increases that would target Pennsylvania’s businesses; while  advocating for public policies that will keep the Commonwealth competitive. 

The day after the governor presents his budget address, PA Chamber members will have an exclusive opportunity to hear first-hand from the state’s top officials.  This free members-only event will feature insightful presentations from PA Budget Secretary Jen Swails and PA Revenue Secretary Daniel Hassell that will break down Gov. Wolf’s fiscal plans for the Commonwealth in the coming year, and give attendees the chance to ask questions about the impact that the budget plan will have on the state’s business community.

For more information, contact Jennifer Reis | 800.225.7224, Ext. 5431 or

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Hilton Harrisburg

Physical Address: 1 N 2nd St | Harrisburg, PA 17101

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The Hilton Harrisburg has blocked rooms at a special rate of $149.00 for event attendees for the night of February 5, 2019. To qualify for this rate, reservations must be made by January 15, 2019. After that date, reservations will be accepted upon availability at prevailing hotel rates.

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About The Speakers

C. Daniel Hassell
C. Daniel Hassell - Secretary of Revenue

C. Daniel Hassell was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf on April 24, 2017 as Secretary of Revenue and unanimously confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on June 19, 2017. Hassell has more than three decades of experience as a senior tax policy analyst with the Department of Revenue and the Pennsylvania Senate. In December 2009, Governor Ed Rendell nominated Hassell as Secretary of Revenue, after which he was confirmed on April 14, 2010 and served in that capacity until January 2011.

Hassell has previously served as Deputy Secretary for Tax Policy for the Department of Revenue, where he coordinated department decisions on all aspects of tax policy. Hassell evaluated the impact of proposed tax legislation, regulations, policies, procedures and public statements, as well as researched and prepared tax revenue projections for the Office of the Budget and the Governor. He oversaw the bureaus of Research and Audits, the Board of Appeals and the Economic Development Office. Hassell has authored three tax policy articles published in State Tax Notes, a leading multi-state tax news source.

Hassell is an Erie native who graduated valedictorian of Strong Vincent High School in 1979. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College and a Master of Science in Public Management and Policy from Carnegie-Mellon University’s Heinz School of Urban and Public Affairs. Hassell also completed a program for senior executives in state and local government offered by Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Hassell has worked for the Department of Revenue since 1995, and previously worked for the department from 1981 to 1985. During the nine years between,   Hassell served as budget specialist for the Pennsylvania Senate Appropriations Committee.

Hassell resides in Susquehanna Township, and he and wife Ellen are proud parents of three children, Rosie, Ben and Lydia.

Jen Swails
Jen Swails - Secretary of the Budget

Jen has over 19 years of fiscal and policy experience at the commonwealth. She has served the commonwealth in the Governor’s Office of the Budget, the Department of Human Services, and the Senate Democratic Appropriations Committee. Jen’s expertise includes child welfare, child development, and Medicaid. Jen was most recently the fiscal management director of the newly created Shared Services Budget Office, which is responsible for oversight of the budgets for the departments of Aging, Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs. She is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science in professional accountancy and resides in Marysville with her family.