“The Maddy Report,” a 30-minute public affairs television program, will feature “The State Budget: The Process and the Prospects” on Saturday, June 9 at 6:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, June 16 at 5:30 p.m. on KSEE Channel 24.

The television program is a production of The Kenneth L. Maddy Institute at California State University, Fresno.

Two of the “Big 5” governmental leaders who negotiate the most difficult aspects of the State Budget, Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Nunes (D-LA) and Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines (R-Clovis), sat down with The Maddy Institute Executive Director Mark Keppler in Sacramento to discuss the budget process and the key issues currently being debated in the State Capital that will impact the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley.

Other guests on the program are:

  • Don Jackson, chair of The Maddy Institute
  • Diana S. Dooley, Maddy Institute Board member and president & CEO California Children’s Hospital Association
  • Jim Boren, Maddy Institute board member and Editorial Page editor of The Fresno Bee

In the last few months, “The Maddy Report” has aired programs on the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, the California Water Wars and the State of Air Quality in the San Joaquin Valley. Several more programs on issues important to the region will be aired in the coming months.

“The goal of ‘The Maddy Report’ is to provide a balanced, fact-based and thought-provoking examination issues facing the region, state and nation,” said Keppler, who also is a professor at Fresno State.

Jackson agreed, noting that the program has, “undoubtedly, advanced our mission of assisting in the development of a more informed and involved electorate.”

Keppler said the Public Policy subcommittee of the Maddy institute board will make recommendations regarding the topics to be discussed on the program.

The Maddy Institute was established in 1999 by the California Legislature in honor of

State Senator Ken Maddy, whose 28 years of public service demonstrated the successful application of personal integrity, legislative know-how and bipartisanship to the governance of California.

The Maddy Institute mission includes providing non-partisan, interdisciplinary and fact-driven analysis of public policy issues impacting our region and state. The institute also provides practical training for local officials and civic leaders, fellowships for Fresno State students with local state and federal legislators, as well as symposia and extension courses on a range of topics relating to public policy and public administration.

For more information, contact the institute at 559.294.9119 or mkeppler@csufresno.edu.

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