The state’s budget outlook is improving…sort of.
Highlights of the proposed budget unveiled by Governor Jerry Brown in January include:
- Rebuilding state reserves as stipulated by the passage of Proposition 2 last November
- Increased funding for education and career training (UC/CSU tuition increase deal breaker notwithstanding)
- “Cap and trade” spending on climate change
- Continued support for healthcare related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act
- Maintained spending for corrections
What the proposed budget fails to do, according to a California Budget Project analysis, is “tackle California’s biggest challenges: high levels of unemployment and poverty, widening income inequality, and a safety net severely weakened by years of funding cuts.”
But there is a silver lining. Nonprofits, philanthropy, and other stakeholders have a window of opportunity to advocate that future state revenues (which may be more than what’s officially anticipated) be directed toward projects and programs that address these important issues and the people they affect.
Come Join Us
During this interactive webinar, we’ll learn about:
- The budget’s implications for the work of both grantmaker and nonprofit organizations;
- Explore which human development priorities may be ripe for action; and
- Identify pathways for influence
This program is free and open to current SCG, NCG, SDG and CalNonprofits members.
- Chris Hoene, Executive Director, California Budget & Policy Center
Chris Hoene became the California's Budget & Policy Center's executive director in October 2012, bringing to the organization 15 years of leadership in state and local policy research and analysis. He leads the strategic direction of the organization, acts as primary spokesperson, and works with the board of directors and community partners to implement our vision and mission. Prior to joining the Budget Center, Chris was director of the Center for Research and 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, housing, poverty reduction, infrastructure, and governance.
Nayantara Mehta is Senior Counsel with Alliance for Justice’s West Coast Office in Oakland, CA. She works through Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy initiative to ensure that communities, and the nonprofits that represent them, have a voice in the policy decisions that affect them. She consults with and trains nonprofit organizations throughout the country on rules and strategies for legal and effective advocacy, including lobbying, election-related activity, and ballot measure advocacy. She also provides legal guidance that encourages grantmakers to support advocacy by their grantees and the nonprofit sector.