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Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Jason Sisney

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27. Jason Sisney

Speaker Anthony Rendon’s top budget adviser is Jason Sisney, who is the go-to person for anybody following the money and tracking policy funding in the Assembly. He is the principal budget negotiator in the Assembly, which means that he is the person who deals with the Senate and Newsom administration over which programs get money, and how much. When it comes to hammering out a final state budget, there are several tracks – the governor, the LAO, the Senate and the Assembly. Like a number of state government’s fiscal experts, Sisney served at the Legislative Analyst’s Office (see No. 21). Sisney spent 12 years there as a nonpartisan examiner of budgets and spending. Earlier, he worked at Fitch Ratings in New York as a bond rating analyst for debt issued by states, water utilities, tribes, and universities. Sisney has an undergraduate degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Updated Aug. 9, 2022

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