State Legislative Analyst to Speak at UCR Oct. 6

Alumnus Mac Taylor will discuss “Doing Public Policy: Musings from the Nonpartisan Trenches”

Mac Taylor

Mac Taylor, legislative analyst

California Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor will discuss “Doing Public Policy: Musings from the Nonpartisan Trenches” on Oct. 6 as part of the UC Riverside School of Public Policy Seminar Series.

Taylor, a UC Riverside alumnus, will speak from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Interdisciplinary South 1128. A reception will precede his lecture at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as seating is limited and may be made online or by calling (951) 827-5656.

As the legislative analyst Taylor serves as the nonpartisan fiscal advisor to both houses of the California Legislature and oversees the preparation of annual fiscal and policy analyses of the state’s budget and programs. His office is also responsible for preparing impartial analyses of all initiatives and constitutional measures qualifying for the state’s ballot. In the Oct. 6 seminar he will discuss how analysts are helpful to the process of making policy, how policy analysts and policymakers view the world differently, the traits of a good analyst, why policy analysts are underutilized, and how analysts can be most effective.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) is known for its fiscal and programmatic expertise and nonpartisan analyses of the state budget. The office serves as the “eyes and ears” of the Legislature to ensure that the executive branch is implementing legislative policy in a cost-efficient and effective manner.

Taylor is a 30-year employee of the LAO and is only the fifth person to serve as legislative analyst since the office was founded in 1941. He was appointed legislative analyst in 2008. In his career with the LAO, Taylor has served as a program analyst, where he worked in the tax area and authored reports on state and local spending limits, tax expenditure programs and tax auditing issues; as a section head, where he managed the General Government section of the LAO, covering a variety of assignments including retirement, employee compensation, labor issues and housing; and 17 years as deputy to the prior legislative analyst, Elizabeth Hill. As deputy, he oversaw the work of the K-12 Education, Higher Education, Local Government, State Administration, and Economics & Taxation sections.

He also serves on the Statewide Leadership Council of the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank based in San Francisco.

Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree, with highest honors, in political science from UC Riverside in 1976. He earned a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University.

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Additional Contacts

Mark Manalang
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E-mail: markma@ucr.edu

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