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Bill Analysis

Capitol Matrix Consulting has provided clients with numerous analyses of bills and pending legislative proposals. Sometimes this work is handled in an entirely confidential fashion. On other occasions the products provided by Capitol Matrix Consulting have been used in very public ways, such as analyses provided to legislative committees, to the Governor's Office and to the media. The choice of venue is always left to the client. The work is always thorough, insightful, accurate and highly credible.

Local Government Impact Analysis

Local Government is a specialty onto itself. Capitol Matrix Consulting is experienced in this area and is well positioned to provide insights and strategic advice on fiscal and policy issues involving local government.

Economic, Revenue and Budget Impact Analysis

Capitol Matrix Consulting can provide authoritative analyses of the short- and long term economic, revenue and budgetary impacts of policy proposals, business location decisions and administrative or regulatory decisions at the state, regional or local level.

Speaking Engagements

Mike and Brad bring a unique blend of sophisticated and detailed policy analysis with extensive legislative and administrative experience. We are available to talk with your group on virtually any issue affecting the state budget, taxation, local government issues, and economics. Whether in your association's annual conference, in a small local setting, or for your civic group, we can provide a mix of policy acumen and insights into the people and processes that make up state government.

Ballot Measures

Capitol Matrix Consulting is an excellent choice for anyone about to embark on an initiative campaign in California. The team brings over 70 years of collective experience in the state policy and fiscal arena, including over 25 years in the Legislative Analyst's Office. Here are some of the services we can provide:

  • Policy Development. The team brings decades of experience and education related to policy development across virtually every aspect of state and local government in California. We will work with your team to ensure that your policy goal is translated into practical, sustainable legislation.
  • Fiscal Impact Analyses. With our extensive background at the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), the Department of Finance, and the Legislature, the team at Capitol Matrix Consulting has a demonstrated ability to evaluate proposals for their impact on state and local revenues and expenditures and on the economy. Knowing these impacts even before you file will prevent unpleasant surprises when the proposals receive fiscal impact estimates from the LAO and Department of Finance.
  • Title and Summary and Ballot Analysis Process Work. The team's unique mix of LAO, DOF and legislative experience will mean a greater likelihood that your measure will actually do what you want it to, and that the LAO fiscal analysis will not say something unexpected.

Advocacy

The team has vast experience in explaining and defending policy proposals to journalists, editorial boards, and community groups. Mike Genest decades of experience dealing with editorial boards at all of the major newspapers in California including the Sacramento Bee, the LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Orange County Register and many smaller papers as well. Clients have credited our presentations as making a big difference in positions taken by editorial boards relating to their ballot proposals.

Administrative, Regulatory and Procurement Issues

We have extensive experience with the operation of state departments and programs. We understand the constraints and opportunities state managers face and can provide strategic advice in how to most effectively operate programs. We also know the regulatory process and the analytical inputs to it. And, we understand the needs and goals for state procurements and can help guide the strategy and tactics of firms and individuals who seek to do business with the state.

Reform and Public Education

Capitol Matrix Consulting has been deeply involved with several reform efforts. Whether through behind-the-scenes help with structuring reform efforts or through public advocacy, Capitol Matrix Consulting will continue to help re-shape California's governance. Capitol Matrix Consulting is well positioned to provide in-depth insights and analysis regarding a full range of governmental and economic reform ideas.








Bill Analysis

Local Government Impact Analysis

Economic, Revenue and Budget Impact Analysis

Speaking Engagements

Ballot Measures

Advocacy

Administrative, Regulatory and Procurement Issues

Reform and Public Education