2011 Tax Policy Conference

Topic Presenter(s)



Background Information on California's Economy & Tax System

  • Huong Nguyen (SJSU Accounting Student)

What is Tax Policy?  /  Goals for Conference 


Understanding the California Economy

  • Dr. Nancy Sidhu (LA County Economic Development Corporation)

The California Business Climate

  • Scott Hodge (Tax Foundation)

Principles of Sound State Tax Policy

  • Annette Nellen (SJSU)

The Challenged Relationship of California and Its Cities

  • Michael Coleman (League of CA Cities)

Helpful links suggested by Mr. Coleman:

  • Michael Coleman, “Milestones in Municipal Revenues: A Historical Perspective,” Chapter One of The California Municipal Resources Handbook 2008 Edition.
  • Legislative Analyst's Office, Cal Facts: California's Economy and Budget in Perspective - State and Local Finances, January 2011.
  • Institute for Local Government, Understanding the Basics of County and City Revenues. 2008.
  • Michael Coleman, Reforming California Municipal Finance, January 2011.

Perspectives on the State of California's Budget, Tax Policy and Fiscal Reform

  • Todd Robinson (Berger Lewis Accountancy Corporation)
  • Sidney Espinosa (Mayor of Palo Alto)

Relevance of the Feds

  • Oksana Jaffe (CA Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee)
  • J. Pat Powers (Baker & McKenzie)
  • Carley A. Roberts (Morrison & Foerster)

View Conference Materials [pdf]