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California's Budget Woes: How Is Our Fiscal Health?


California's Budget Woes: How Is Our Fiscal Health?

Mac Taylor, California’s legislative analyst, will speak at the Randall Lewis Seminar Series at UC Riverside on Oct. 27.

(October 12, 2011)

Mac Taylor

Mac Taylor

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Mac Taylor, California’s legislative analyst since 2008, will discuss the current status of California’s budget and its wide-ranging impacts in the state at the Randall Lewis Seminar Series on Thursday, Oct. 27. The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Conference Room E, UCR Extension Building, 1200 University Ave.

The Lewis Seminar Series is organized by the UCR Center for Sustainable Suburban Development and is financed through a generous contribution from Randall Lewis, executive vice president of Lewis Operating Cos. Taylor’s presentation also is being co-sponsored by the One Health Center at UCR.

Admission and parking are free, but attendees must register for the seminar. To register go to http://or.ucr.edu/event/index.aspx or contact Judy Swineford at (951) 827-7945

Taylor’s presentation, “California’s Budget Woes: How Is Our Fiscal Health?” will examine the state’s current financial condition; the further budget cutbacks to education, social and health services and welfare programs that would be triggered by a revenue shortfall; and longer-run fiscal challenges to the state.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget. The office serves as the “eyes and ears” of the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch is implementing legislative policy in a cost-efficient and effective manner.

The LAO also provides authoritative feedback to proposed gubernatorial budgets and to proposed compromises, and does in-depth analyses of program efficiency and effectiveness, and long-term budgetary implications of state funding commitments.

Taylor is a 30-year employee of the LAO and is only the fifth person to serve as legislative analyst since the office was founded in 1941. In his career with the LAO, Taylor has served as a program analyst, where he worked in the tax area and authored reports on state and local spending limits, tax expenditure programs and tax auditing issues; as a section head, where he managed the General Government section of the LAO, covering a variety of assignments including retirement, employee compensation, labor issues and housing; and 17 years as deputy to the prior legislative analyst, Elizabeth Hill. As deputy, he oversaw the work of the K-12 Education, Higher Education, Local Government, State Administration, and Economics & Taxation sections.

As the legislative analyst Taylor serves as the nonpartisan fiscal advisor to both houses of the California Legislature and oversees the preparation of annual fiscal and policy analyses of the state’s budget and programs. His office is also responsible for preparing impartial analyses of all initiatives and constitutional measures qualifying for the state’s ballot.

He also serves on the Statewide Leadership Council of the Public Policy Institute of California.

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree, with highest honors, in political science from UC Riverside in 1976. He earned a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.

For more information contact the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at (951) 827-4103.

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