Regional Budgets Briefing: March 27

By Margaret Siegel, WG Board Member, Chair of the WG Public Policy Committee

[REGISTER! – This event is open to Washington Grantmakers members.]

From the headlines: 

D.C. Health Department to aid community HIV/AIDS programs
Grants of $20,000 and $50,000 to help grassroots groups in wards 7 and 8.  

Va. House Denies Funds For Early Education, Conservation
House budget includes none of the $4.6 million needed for Gov. Kaine’s Pre-K pilot programs to make early education available to more four year olds.

Prince George’s School Board Pleased with $1.68 Billion Budget
…but the budget could receive a blow if Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) declines to fund the Geographic Cost of Education Index.”

Regional governments spend millions of dollars addressing many of the same problems that philanthropists seek to solve. Whether your focus is health care access in Maryland, public education reform in DC, and/or affordable housing development in Virginia, it helps to understand how the budget process works in your community and across the region.

This month, Washington Grantmakers’ Public Policy Committee will bring together local experts for a funders’ briefing on the budget process in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. The program is designed to demystify the process and to highlight significant changes affecting low- and moderate-income families and other vulnerable populations, and the important community programs that serve them.

There are distinct periods each year during which the community may respond, comment and influence the outcome of the allocation of resources during the budget process. At this briefing, we will learn about the windows of opportunity and discuss next steps on how to move forward as a community.

Among the budget highlights this year are proposed new government funding in affordable housing and health care in DC, transit spending increases and tax cuts for working Virginians, and increased funding for education and foster care in Maryland. Join your colleagues on March 27 at the Regional Budgets Briefing to learn about these and other emerging issues, and their cross-jurisdictional implications.

Speakers will include:
· Ed Lazere, DC Fiscal Policy Institute
· Michael Cassidy, Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
· Henry Bogdan, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations

Date: March 27, 2007
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Meyer Foundation
1400 16th Street NW Suite 360
Washington, DC