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Tuesday Tidbits: California Budget Project Policy Insights 2015

Tuesday Tidbits: California Budget Project Policy Insights 2015

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If you’re interested in California’s state budget, its economy, and strategies to improve the lives of its low-income residents, then you’re probably aware of the great work done by the California Budget Project (CBP). And if you are interested in all of these things and can make it to Sacramento on March 4th, then you should definitely register for CBP’s upcoming conference, Policy Insights 2015.

Celebrating CBP’s 20th anniversary, the conference is billed as “the premier conference for advocates, policymakers, researchers and other leaders working to improve the lives of low- and middle-income Californians.” Given the agenda, that hardly seems like an exaggeration.

Ezra Klein, the editor-in-chief of will provide the keynote and discuss how analysis and commentary can shape public policy. After that there are two all-star plenary panels. The first, with Joe Mathews from Zócalo Public Square, state Senator Holly J. Mitchell, and Manuel Pastor from the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at USC, will focus on the changes California will face in regards to demographics, the economy, and other social conditions.

The second plenary panel will feature the former Director of the California Department of Finance, Ana J. Matosantos, the former Speaker of the Assembly John A. Perez, and former state Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg. They will be discussing policies that can help create an era of economic prosperity in California that can benefit all its residents.

The event will conclude with several workshops, with topics ranging from poverty to tax policy to children’s health. 

There’s still time left to get the early-bird rate, so register today for what should be a great event!

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