State Controller to Discuss Need to Reform California’s Fiscal Management Policies

Betty T. Yee will kick off School of Public Policy Seminar Series Sept. 28

Betty Yee

Betty T. Yee

RIVERSIDE, California – California’s chief financial officer, Betty T. Yee, will discuss the need for state fiscal management reforms that keep pace with demographic and technological changes on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the University of California, Riverside.

The state controller’s talk, titled “From Gold to Silicon: What’s Next? The Past, Present, and Future of California’s Economy,” will kick off the School of Public Policy Seminar Series for 2016-17. The seminar will begin at 5:30 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary South 1128. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested as seating is limited. Reservations may be made online. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus.

Yee was elected state controller in November 2014 after serving eight years on the California Board of Equalization, the nation’s only elected tax commission. As controller she remains an ex officio member of the board.

The state controller oversees the state’s financial resources and is responsible for protecting many types of property until claimed by the rightful owners; conducting independent audits of government agencies that spend state funds; and administering the payroll system for state government employees and California State University employees. The controller also serves on 78 boards and commissions with authority ranging from state public land management to crime victim compensation, including the Franchise Tax Board and the nation’s two largest public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS).

Yee has more than 30 years of experience in public service, specializing in state and local finance and tax policy. She previously served as chief deputy director for budget with the California Department of Finance and served in senior staff positions for several fiscal and policy committees in the state Assembly and Senate.

She is a co-founder of the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project, which exposes California high school youth to the public service, public policy, and political arenas, and serves on the board of directors for Equality California Institute, a nonprofit that champions civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Yee earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in public administration from Golden Gate University, San Francisco.

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