FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Dawn Hynum
Director of Communications
Mississippi Center for Public Policy
[email protected]
Office: 601-969-1300
Cell: 601-503-6153

What: Mississippi Center for Public Policy Quarterly Luncheon
When: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 — 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Downsizing Government – From Someone Who Has Done It

The Honorable Maurice McTigue, former New Zealand Cabinet Minister, will be the keynote speaker at Mississippi Center for Public Policy’s quarterly luncheon on March 9, 2010. McTigue will discuss how to achieve cost reduction and improve performance in government.

Mr. McTigue served in New Zealand’s government as a Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament, and Ambassador. McTigue led the efforts to reconstruct New Zealand’s public sector and to revitalize the country’s economy from 1984-1994. As Minister of Railways, Minister of Works and Development, and Chairman of the Cabinet’s Expenditure Control Committee, McTigue worked to apply the results-based criteria and incentives that helped to reinvigorate New Zealand businesses. He later served as New Zealand’s ambassador to Canada and received the Queen’s Service Order in 1999. In 1997 McTigue joined the Mercatus Center, a public policy research organization based at George Mason University, as a distinguished visiting scholar. For more than a decade he has translated his New Zealand reform experience to policy makers throughout the United States.

The Mississippi Center for Public Policy’s quarterly lunch will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club atop the Regions Bank building in Jackson. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 per person and may be purchased at the door. For reservations and more information, contact MCPP’s Dawn Hynum at [email protected] or 601-969-1300.