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California's Fiscal and Governance Future

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Pacific)

Livestreamed via YouTube

366 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305

California's Fiscal and Governance Future

California is the fifth-largest economy in the world and — with a population approaching 40 million — is larger than nearly 200 other countries.

Like many other states, California is experiencing its own share of fiscal and governance challenges. And yet, the Golden State also has tremendous ambition, as it has since its founding, seeking to chart a unique path on the global stage.
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), California 100, and CDDRL invite you to join us on Wednesday, June 1 at the SIEPR-Gunn Building for a special half-day event on the Future of Governance in California, starting at 1:00 pm with a reception to follow.

1:00 - 2:00 pm PDT
California 100: California’s Long-Term Futures in Fiscal Reform, Governance, Federalism & Foreign Policy

Join California 100* for a panel commemorating the release of the initiative's fourth round of policy and scenario reports this spring focused on the future federalism, fiscal reform and governance in the golden state.

  • Louise Bedworth, Executive Director, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and senior advisor, California-China Climate Institute
  • Bruce Cain, Professor of Political Science, Stanford & Director, the Bill Lane Center for the American West
  • Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, FSI & Director of the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy
  • Jonathan Mehta Stein, Executive Director, California Common Cause
  • Patrick Murphy, Fellow, the Opportunity Institute & Public policy consultant

This panel is being sponsored by leading California academic institutions, including the:

  • UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy
  • Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Opportunity Institute
  • The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford
  • Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University

2:05 - 3:00 pm PDT
The Future of Fiscal Reform: Public Pension, Tax, and Unemployment Insurance


  • Irena Asmundson, Managing Director and Policy Fellow, California Policy Research Initiative (CAPRI)
  • Sarah Bohn, Vice President & John and Louise Bryson Chair in Policy Research, Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC)
  • Josh Rauh, Ormond Family Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business & Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

3:05 - 4:05 pm PDT
California as a Foreign Policy Power


  • Tino Cuellar, President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Bernadette Meyler, Carl and Sheila Spaeth Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
  • Kathryn Stoner, Mosbacher Director of the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law & Senior Fellow, FSI

*The goal of California 100 is to lift up and support transformative ideas, people and projects that accelerate progress with a focus on inspiring a vision and strategy for California’s next century that is innovative, sustainable, and equitable. In addition to sponsoring original work, the California 100 Platform will promote the best of what is happening in California. Through these various projects and activities, California 100 seeks to move California towards an aspirational vision—changing policies and practices, attitudes and mindsets, for a more vibrant future.

In total, California 100 will release 15 issue & future scenarios reports throughout the Spring of 2022. Additional reports will be released through the end of 2022.