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The California Budget & Policy Center continued our Policy Perspectives Speakers Series with The State Budget Process and Key Issues to Watch for in 2019. This half-day event in Sacramento at the California Endowment’s Adelante Room included a refresher on the state budget process and a discussion on what to expect in 2019.


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Click here to get the slide deck presented at the event.

Our publications distributed at the event:

Dollars and Democracy: A Guide to the State Budget Process

Infographic: Navigating the State Budget Process

Dollars and Democracy: Understanding How the State Budget Process Relates to the Policy Bill Process


This event included two sessions:

Part I: Dollars and Democracy: An Introduction to the State Budget Process

  • Scott Graves, Director of Research, California Budget & Policy Center

This first session was geared to those interested in learning about — or refreshing their knowledge of — the basics of California’s state budget process, including what happens when, and the roles of the Governor, the Legislature, and the public.

Part II: State Budget and Policy Preview: What to Expect in 2019

With a new Governor preparing to take office, this session looked ahead to the upcoming state budget and legislative deliberations. Panelists explored the key debates that will shape budget and policy choices at the state and national levels and what’s at stake for low- and middle-income Californians.

  • Alissa Anderson, Senior Policy Analyst, California Budget & Policy Center (moderator)
  • Carolyn Chu, Deputy Legislative Analyst, State and Local Finance, Legislative Analyst’s Office
  • Melanie Mason, State Government and Politics Reporter, Los Angeles Times
  • Frank Mecca, Executive Director, County Welfare Directors Association of California
  • Chris Woods, Budget Director, Office of Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins

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