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Round 2!!! The 2016 California Budget Debate

Thursday, May 19, 2016 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm PDT
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360, San Francisco, CA
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Last year we talked about the Governor Brown’s budget “paying it forward” with its emphasis on debt reduction and cautious spending. The Governor’s  proposed 2016-17 budget, released in early January continued that trend.  resisting calls for further investment in program and services despite $3.5 billion higher than previously projected for the current fiscal year (2015-16) and $2.4 billion higher for 2016-17.

The 122 billion dollar general fund spending proposal presented in January would: 

  • Set aside a portion of 2016-17 revenues–$3.1 billion–with half deposited in the state’s rainy day fund and half used to pay down state debts;
  • Deposit an additional (unmandated) $2 billion in the rainy day fund; and
  • Provide modest increases for higher education, no significant reinvestment in child care, and did not address systemic issues or some important social programs.

In mid-May the Governor will reveal his revised budget proposal – the “May Revision” -- and  we'll have an opportunity to take a close look at what it does and doesn't do. Please join us for our annual look at the state’s budget with the California Budget & Policy Center and its Executive Director, Chris Hoene. Chris will provide a high-level analysis of the Governor's 2016-17 revised budget—it’s social and economic context and outline the policy choices and outcomes that are have occurred during this year's budget deliberations.

Chris’ presentation will be followed by a discussion with an amazing panel of policy experts including Richard Figueroa (The California Endowment), Patrick Murphy (Public Policy Institute of California) and Micah Weinberg (Economic Institute of the Bay Area Council) who will provide insights on the winners, losers, and opportunities captured or missed in the revised budget and provide some recommendations on the role that funders can play.

Join Us To:

  • Get the big picture of the 2016/17 Revised Budget
  • Receive expert analysis and insights on what the budget addresses and where there are opportunities 
  • Engage in a lively discussion about the role philanthropy can play as the budget process enters its final stages and its implications become clearer

Target Audience

This program is open to NCG members and non-member funders.  If you are not a NCG member, please register by

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Christopher HoeneExecutive Director, California Budget Project (CBP)

Chris is an expert in public finance. He was previously director of the Center for Research & Innovation at the National League of Cities in Washington, D.C. and served as media spokesman and leads a wide-ranging research program on issues such as fiscal policy, community and economic development, housing and immigration. Prior to working at the National League of Cities, Chris was a research fellow with the Public Policy Institute in San Francisco and served as a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. He has a doctorate in political science from Claremont Graduate University. His doctoral dissertation examined Proposition 13, passed by California voters in 1978, and its longer-term implications for state and local public finance.


Richard Figueroa, Director of Prevention and the Affordable Care Act, The California Endowment (TCE)

Previously, he served in the California Governor’s Office, where he was a Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Health Care Advisor for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Davis where he was responsible for health care, human services and health insurance issues. Mr. Figueroa has also served as the Legislative Director for California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, Principal Consultant to the Senate Committee on Insurance, Senior Consultant to the California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, and a Legislative Budget Analyst in the Office of the Legislative Analyst. Finally, he served a member of the State of CA Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board or as staff to that Board for 15 years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Davis and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of California at Los Angeles.


Patrick Murphy, Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
Patrick holds the Thomas C. Sutton Chair in Policy Research at PPIC and  coordinates and directs the policy work of over 25 researchers. His own research focuses on education
financing and management in both K–12 and higher education. He is a professor of politics at the University of San Francisco, where he served as the director of the McCarthy Center for Public Service. His work has been published by PPIC, the Center for American Progress, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, the Center on Reinventing
Public Education, the Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, and RAND. Previously, he worked for RAND and at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s of public affairs from the University of Texas–Austin.

Micah Weinberg, President, Economic Institute at the Bay Area Council

He manages a team of professional researchers who produce world class economic and policy analysis and insight. The Council is an organization backed by hundreds of the largest employers in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. It advocates for a strong, sustainable, equitable economy and a better quality of life for everyone who lives in the region.Economic opportunity, affordable housing, reliable transportation, and lifelong learning are the pillars of personal and community health. Dr. Weinberg’s own research and advocacy focuses on improving these “social determinants” of health as well as on expanding access to high quality, affordable healthcare. Since 2001, he has also been the CEO of Healthy Systems Project a firm that delivers policy and market intelligence and strategic guidance in the areas of healthcare and economic development to a range of corporate, association, public, and nonprofit clients. Before coming to the Council, Micah was Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation. He has written and lectured extensively about health system transformation with a particular focus on the insurance market reforms of the Affordable Care Act. He is expert on state-based health insurance exchanges including Covered California as well as private exchanges and purchasing strategies of public programs and self- and fully-insured large and small businesses. He holds a doctoral degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Politics.