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Co-Sponsored Webinar: State and Local Budgets – the Next COVID-19 Battlefront

Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 3pm ET / 2pm CT / 1pm MT / 12pm PT

Funders Together to End Homelessness is excited to partner with Economic Opportunity Funders on this webinar.

The pandemic and economic fallout are placing significant strains on state and local budgets, costing millions to contain the disease and driving sharp declines in income and sales tax revenues. State budget shortfalls are predicted to total to a cumulative $555 billion over state fiscal years 2020-2022. This does not include the additional shortfalls local and tribal governments and US territories face. Unlike the federal government, most states and localities must balance their budgets every year. Large budget shortfalls, dwindling rainy day funds, and insufficient federal relief will leave policymakers facing tough choices about raising taxes and fees, cutting spending on critical programs like education and healthcare, and imposing layoffs on public employees. We know from experience how deep spending cuts and long-term austerity policies can slow down the recovery and cause further harm to families and communities, with disproportionate impacts on immigrants, tribal nations, communities of color, and women.
Join this webinar to learn more about the state and local fiscal crisis, lessons learned from the Great Recession, key principles for an equitable response, and how state and local advocates are gearing up for the budget battles to come.


Speakers
:

  • Caitlin Hamood, Stoneman Family Foundations (Moderator)
  • The Honorable Julie Gonzales, Senate Finance Committee, Colorado General Assembly
  • Marcela Díaz, Somos Un Pueblo Unido
  • Erica Williams, State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Hosts
: Economic Opportunity Funders and Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation.

Cosponsors
: Funders Together to End Homelessness, Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, Children Youth & Family Funders Roundtable, Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers In Health, Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, Maryland Philanthropy Network, Philanthropy New York, United Philanthropy Forum, Workforce Matters.


Registration

Sign up for this webinar directly through Economic Opportunity Funders using the "Register" button below.

WHEN
October 01, 2020 at 3pm - 4pm
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-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

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-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

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-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

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