CSAC Board Approves 2016 Advocacy Priorities
February 19, 2016
The CSAC Board of Directors has unanimously approved the 2016 Advocacy Priorities for the association. The priorities, available on line here, lay out a road map for what CSAC hopes to accomplish this year at both the state and federal level.
“The priorities set the tone for our work effort for the year,” said CSAC’s Legislative Director DeAnn Baker. “They help keep us focused as we go through the budget and legislative seasons.” This year the three main themes for the priorities are local budget stability; economic development and healthy communities; and infrastructure investment.
“I really urge people in County service to take a look at our 2016 priorities,” Baker said. “There may be a way you can help us advance those issues, or provide us some examples of how you’re addressing a specific issue in your county.”
The Board also presented CSAC Distinguished Service Awards to State Controller Betty Yee, Director of Finance Michael Cohen, and the Governor’s Senior Advisor for Tribal Negotiations Joe Dhillon. “These three people exemplify the partnership California counties maintain with the state,” CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate said. “They have helped CSAC and California counties in so many ways over the years and these awards are just a small token of our gratitude.”
After receiving his award, Finance Director Cohen also provided the Board with an update on the state’s budget process and the status of several important issues, including a potential fix for Managed Care Organization (MCO) revenue and the likelihood of increasing revenue to maintain local streets, roads and bridges. He said that the MCO fix is still in discussions, but he was relatively confident it would get done. Cohen noted that transportation revenue is a heavier lift. He also reiterated the Governor’s concerns that even a modest economic recession could reduce state revenue quickly. The Governor has vowed to continue his fiscal prudence based on those concerns.