RESOURCES and ISSUES

Funding the Next Generation’s Groundbreaking “How-to” Guides

Local children’s fund measures and campaigns in California

Emerging campaigns for local children’s funds in California for 2018

ALAMEDA COUNTY EARLY CARE CAMPAIGN FOR JUNE, 2018

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY MARIJUANA TAX MEASURE – On track for November, 2018

CITY OF RICHMOND – Budget set-aside to create a Youth Fund

SANTA CRUZ City and County – Increasing a city marijuana tax to create a Children’s Fund and utilizing marijuana resources to create a county early care initiative

YOLO COUNTY PRESCHOOL INITIATIVE – Increasing sales tax through voter initiative

Early organizing from around the state

San Francisco – 2 model measures: California’s first children’s fund and only universal preschool fund

Children’s Fund information

Preschool for All information

History of early care local funding efforts in the Bay Area

  • Summary – prepared by Ellen Dektar, Alameda County

2016 children’s fund campaign information

Ballot measure language for California children and youth funds – No need to re-invent the wheel

Drafting a dedicated funding measure – one-page summary created by Funding the Next Generation on elements of a funding measure

Polling on funding measures for children and youth services – getting essential information on what the public thinks

Statewide

Local polls and polling information with a local perspective

National perspective

Information on running political campaigns

Note: Most of the information on campaigns is in our campaign manual, linked here: http://www.fundingthenextgeneration.org/nextgenwp/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Funding-the-Next-Generation-September2017-small.pdf

Taxes and Revenue Options for a local Children and Youth Fund

Drafting a measure: Laws, fiscal opportunities and process

Examples of dedicated revenue streams – one-page chart on revenue options, created by Funding the Next Generation

Decision matrix for developing a local dedicated funding stream

Marijuana taxes – California’s most recent potential funding stream

Other resources on marijuana

Soda taxes

Tools to Help with Planning and Strategizing

Brilliant toolkit on local organizing for funding children’s services

Making the fiscal case for investing in children

Youth Engagement

Communication tips

Creating a local Children’s Budget – an important step in getting more money for kids

What is a Children’s Budget?  It can include many things, but its essence is a resource map of funding for children’s services.

How to map the resources in your local budget – This can be a year-long project, or several months, or less.  We recommend analyzing what you need to take next steps, getting all the help from public officials possible, and doing it as quickly as it takes to accomplish your goal.

WEBINAR ON UNDERSTANDING CALIFORNIA COUNTY BUDGETS, with Chris Hoene, ED California Policy and Budget Center; Ed Harrington, former Controller of San Francisco; and Margaret Brodkin, Director, Funding the Next Generation – July, 2017

Other tools for mapping resources:

Budget advocacy – fighting for money for kids through the local budget process

Examples of Children’s Budgets and Children’s Bills of Rights

Cities and Counties in California

Cities around the country

National and state

Other Planning Tools – created by Funding the Next Generation

State and National Information

Statewide issues and policies that impact local revenue challenges and opportunities

STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURE TO CLOSE PROP 13 LOOPHOLE AND FUND SCHOOLS AND LOCAL SERVICES

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT CASE THAT COULD IMPACT VOTER THRESHOLD NEEDED WITH VOTER-INITIATED TAXES – August, 2017

TAXPAYER BALLOT MEASURE THAT WOULD REQUIRE A 2/3 VOTE FOR ALL LOCAL TAXES

California revenue and tax information

California’s laws are complicated and fully understanding all aspects of local revenue takes time.  Sometimes it’s just best to rely on financial and legal experts.  Funding the Next Generation will help you with that.  Meanwhile, we recommend the following as the best sources of information:

California Budget and Policy Center

California City Finance – run by one of California’s leading fiscal gurus, filled with information on everything from revenue, to ballot results, to budget processes

Institute for Local Government – information on all aspects of local governance, including revenue

Ballotpedia – lots of details about every measure passed, plus relevant laws related to ballot measures, and much more.

National Perspective

Dedicated funding streams around the country beyond California

More about Funding the Next Generation

Lessons learned

Newsletters

  • November 2017 – Updates on Alameda, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, marijuana, state measures impacting local taxing
  • October 2017 – Summary of communications training by Shenker-Osario, Brookings national report on children’s funds, and our new campaign manual
  • February 2017 – Reflections on 2016 children’s fund campaigns, summary of outcomes and learnings
  • May 2016 – Report on statewide conference, lessons learned, keynote by Newsom, perspectives of local elected officials on children’s funds
  • January 2016 – Report on San Joaquin Bill of Rights, advice from political consultant Nicole Derse

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