By Patrick McGreevy: Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, who has written extensively about the gap between the nation’s rich and poor, will be among the speakers to be heard as California Senate Democrats embark on a two-day policy retreat later this month.
The 25-member caucus will gather Jan. 27 and 28 at the state-owned Stanford Mansion, just blocks from the Capitol, to prepare for a new legislative year in which higher education, poverty and the state’s deteriorating road system are likely to be on the agenda.
“The objective of the conference is to enable senators to hear from various policy experts and discuss policy issues in a relaxed setting in a concentrated fashion,”said Geoff Long, policy director for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles).
He said isues to be discussed include the state budget, “income inequality and the shrinking middle class,” climate change, economic security for women and the effects of social policy on demographics.
Lawmakers will hear from experts including Reich, who is professor of public policy at UC Berkeley; Angela Glover Blackwell, founder of PolicyLink; Ann O’Leary, director of the children and families program at Next Generation; and Nancy Pfund, founder of DBL Investors.
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