State Budget Woes: Best Practices from Around the Country

Feb 07, 2008


Scott Pattison
Executive Director
National Association of State Budget Officers 


State budget shortfalls are increasingly becoming a ubiquitous issue for policy makers around the country. Arizona, Nevada, Virginia, New York, and Florida all face budget gaps in 2009. California is among the most challenged, faced with an estimated $14 billion budget shortfall and leading some leaders to declare California in a “fiscal emergency.”

In this course, Scott Pattison, Executive Director of the National Association of State Budget Officers and Virginia's former state budget director, will address California’s budget situation with an eye towards the best practices of other states. Participants will leave with effective ideas for addressing budget crises and up-to-date information on the status of state budgets throughout the country.

During lunch, Mr. Pattison will draw on his research and experiences to answer some key questions regarding the California budget crisis:

  • How are other states faring with their budgets?
  • What are the best practices that can be gleaned from the experiences of other states?
  • How does California differ from surrounding states and what does that mean when addressing budget crises?

For more information on this course, please contact Tyson Schritter at or by phone at (703) 993-8205.


Capital Campus California is a partnership between the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University