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California Policy Forum Webinar | Federal Tax and the Budget Debate: Where Things Stand and Why It Matters to our Sector

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 -
11:00am to 12:00pm PST
Zoom Webinar
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This has been a long federal budget season. It kicked off in March, with the release of President Trump's initial budget blueprint, and then evolved throughout the year with a series of challenges to federal health care reform and, just recently, the US House and Senate approving a budget framework that paves the way for deep tax cuts and major spending reductions. The emerging federal budget picture has had nonprofits, funders, and communities across California expecting major impacts for housing, transportation, health, arts, education and workforce development, immigration, and many other areas -- and seeking to plan for the unknown.

So where do things go from here? And how can you stay engaged moving ahead? While nobody can say for certain exactly where the federal budget will be on December 6th, our panel of experts will discuss the latest developments in Washington, DC, and California and share their perspectives about what to expect and how the issues you care about will figure in the debate.

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During this interactive webinar, we’ll learn about:

  • The status of the federal budget and the implications for California’s budget
  • The potential impact of federal tax and budget choices on public services and systems, communities, and nonprofits
  • How this all could impact the work of grantmakers and nonprofit organizations

The California Policy Forum is a series of webinars presented in partnership with CalNonprofits, Philanthropy California (a collaboration between Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers and Southern California Grantmakers), and the League of California Community Foundations.


Nancy Berlin is the Policy Director of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) and is located in their Los Angeles Office.  She is the former director of the California Partnership and project coordinator of the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness, as Project Director. Nancy is well known to the California nonprofit and advocacy community through her leadership in advocacy in Sacramento and throughout California. Recognitions include Outstanding Public Citizen of the Year Award from the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Community Building and Justice Award from Alexandria House. She is co-editor of How to Get Food and Money: The People's Guide to Welfare and Other Services.

Len Burman is an Institute Fellow at the Urban Institute, the Paul Volcker Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, and senior research associate at Syracuse University’s Center for Policy Research. He co-founded the Tax Policy Center, a joint project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, in 2002. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis at the Treasury from 1998 to 2000 and Senior Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office from 1988 to 1997. He is past-president of the National Tax Association (NTA) and 2016 recipient of the NTA’s Davie-Davis Award for Public Service.  Burman is the coauthor with Joel Slemrod of Taxes in America: What Everyone Needs to Know and author of The Labyrinth of Capital Gains Tax Policy: A Guide for the Perplexed, and co-editor of several books.  He is often invited to testify before Congress and has written for scholarly journals as well as media outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.  He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Chris Hoene joined the California Budget & Policy Center as Executive Director in 2012. Prior to joining the California Budget & Policy Center, he was director of the Center for Research & Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, DC, leading efforts to analyze trends in local and state government and promote constructive policy action on issues including public finance, economic development, governance, housing, sustainability, and infrastructure. Chris previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Public Policy Institute of California. In 2010, he was inducted as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for his service and expertise in the areas of public policy and government. Chris holds a Ph.D. in political science from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the College of Idaho.

Sharon Parrott is a Senior Fellow and Senior Counselor at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Parrott brings to the Center’s leadership team deep expertise in poverty and economic opportunity as well as the federal budget and low-income programs and will help advance the Center’s priorities across a range of policy areas. Parrott rejoined the Center in 2017 after serving for two years as Associate Director for the Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor (EIML) Division at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Parrott previously worked at Center from 2012 to 2014 as Vice President for Budget Policy and Economic Opportunity, focusing on the impact of budget and tax policy on the nation’s efforts to reduce poverty and hardship and promote economic opportunity.