Join Capitol Weekly for TAX REFORM. This day-long conference was held on May 22, 2019 in Sacramento and was filmed for broadcast by the California Channel.

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Forty years ago, the passage of Proposition 13 upended California tax policy, inaugurating a top-down, centralized government approach to funding that persists to this day. While lower-income households pay a proportionately greater share of their incomes in taxes, state tax revenues are dependent on the state’s highest earners – the wealthiest 10 percent of households pay about 80 percent of California’s personal income tax. This disparity has led to decades of Boom and Bust cycles which wreak havoc on public programs, economic planning and the state’s fiscal health. With Gavin Newsom in the governor’s mansion and two-thirds majorities in both the Senate and Assembly, are Democrats poised to enact significant revisions to the state’s tax system, up to and including Proposition 13?

Three panels of experts will look at new legislation and other proposed solutions:


8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Check in, coffee

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcoming remarks, Molly Dugan, Open California; Tim Foster, Open California

9:20-10:30 PANEL 1, SPLIT ROLL: Is Prop 13 Heading for Change?

Moderated by Dan Morain, CALmatters

Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association; Lenny Goldberg, California Tax Reform Association; Helen Hutchison, League of Women Voters, California; State Treasurer Fiona Ma

10:45-11:55 PANEL 2, VOLATILITY: Ending the Boom and Bust

Moderated by Alexei Koseff, San Francisco Chronicle

 Dr. Justin Adams, Encina Advisors; Chris Hoene, California Budget & Policy Center; Tom Sheehy, Sheehy Strategy Group; Greg Turner, Turner Law

Luncheon: Noon

Keynote:Sen. Robert Hertzberg , introduced byJohn Howard, Capitol Weekly

1:05 – 2:15PM PANEL 3, NEW REVENUES – NEW IDEAS: A Look Ahead

Moderated by Sophia Bollag, Sacramento Bee

Asm. Rob Bonta; John Kabateck, Kabateck Strategies; Darien Shanske, UC Davis School of Law; Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor; Micah Weinberg, CA Forward

Registration rate is $199. Registration fee includes lunch and all conference materials.

Fee waivers or no-cost scholarships are available for students, and for anyone for whom cost is an issue.

Special $99 rate for Public Employees.

Capitol Weekly’s Conference on Tax Reform will be held in Sacramento on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, from 9AM to 2:15PM at 1123 J Street.

Seating IS limited. Reserve your ticket now!

For all registration information please contact Jyoti Alexander at Capitol Weekly, (916) 444 7665 or for information on applying for a scholarship or registration fee-waiver.

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