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California's Tax System: Time to Rebalance the Portfolio?

Thursday, February 2, 2017
  12:30–2 p.m.

Location: CHASS Interdisciplinary Bldg South 1109
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Category: Seminar

Description: The framework of California’s state and local tax system was largely established eight decades ago. Since that time, the state’s dynamic economy has undergone profound and fundamental changes. The impacts of these changes on the state’s revenue system have been significant, but have not generated corresponding changes in tax policy. The result has been a revenue system that may not reflect the underlying economy and, in addition, presents significant budgetary challenges for lawmakers. In this seminar, we will examine the characteristics of California’s state and local tax system, describe the impacts of economic changes on that system, and discuss the pros and cons of various options to reform the state’s taxes.

Mark Ibele is Staff Director of the Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review of the California State Senate. For almost 20 years, he has held positions with the State Legislature, Legislative Analyst’s Office, and the state tax agencies, specializing in tax policy, public finance and local government. He also served as staff director of the Commission on the 21st Century Economy, established by the Governor to examine and propose alternatives to California's tax system. Mark has held positions related to taxation and public finance at the U.S. Treasury Department, the Service Employees International Union, and in the private sector. Mark received his A.B. from Cornell University, a Master's in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: School of Public Policy

Contact Information:
School of Public Policy
(951) 827-5656