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Past · October 3, 2007

Debt in California: How Much Is Too Much?

October 3, 2007 · 9:30 am


Date: October 3, 2007
Time: 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street, Magnolia Room
Sacramento, CA
about the event
Even as voters have approved a record level of state borrowing in recent years, California still faces an enormous challenge to pay for the roads, schools, and other facilities necessary to accommodate a rapidly growing population. As a result, California policymakers today face many critical questions about the appropriate uses and levels of debt, about alternative financing tools, and about possible new revenue opportunities. This conference is intended to spotlight the difficult tradeoffs and complex implications of how California chooses to pay for its future.
the program
9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
Mark Baldassare, PPIC

9:35 a.m. Debt in California: Where Do We Stand?
Elizabeth Hill, Legislative Analyst, State of California

10:00 a.m. Panel One: Can We Afford More Debt?
Moderator: Mark Baldassare, PPIC
John Chiang, California State Controller
Mike Genest, California Department of Finance Director
Steve Zimmerman, Standard & Poors

11:00 a.m. Panel Two: Is There a Better Way To Get Ready for the Future?
Moderator: Mark Robbins, PPIC
Larry Blain, Partnerships BC
Rich Little, Keston Institute

12:00 p.m. Luncheon Discussion
Mark Baldassare, PPIC
Bill Lockyer, California State Treasurer

1:00 p.m. Adjourn