Poverty/Income Inequality, Education
The months between the fall of 2007 and the adoption of New York State’s next annual budget in March 2008 are a critical juncture in the efforts to “fix Albany.” The process by which the next budget is prepared and debated, as well as the substantive decisions it embodies, are critical to the movement for political and fiscal reform in New York State. In order to promote fiscal reform, the Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) is convening three separate agenda-setting conferences for key stakeholders in the state budget process. Each session will focus on one aspect of fiscal reform with a goal of identifying specific changes that are assigned high priority for the coming budget cycle by a wide range of interested parties. The expectation is that the priority measures can begin to be implemented in the course of adopting the fiscal year 2008-09 budget. The first session was held on September 20 at the Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany; the second was held on October 17 at Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City. The third will be held at the Rockefeller Institute on December 6.