Paul McIntosh is the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties. For more, visit The County Voice.

Monday, at the invitation of Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, CSAC participated in a press conference where the Senate Democrats unveiled a budget proposal to restructure certain state/local programs.

Our goal in participating in the event was to provide the county perspective on reforming the state and local relationship. You can read CSAC’s statement and find related documents about the proposal here.

Counties must be at the table for any discussions on how restructuring could and should work.  It’s the only way any such proposal will succeed.

Is the Senate plan something we endorse? Not yet. But we appreciate being invited to dinner, and we’re going to read through the menu very carefully – and review some of our own recipes – before determining what’s best for us.

For more, visit The County Voice, a place where CSAC, county officials and stakeholders can voice their thoughts on governance and issues that impact California’s 58 counties.