The Budget and the Bench: Constitutions, Courts and the Budget

Presented by CSG’s Legal Task Force
Working Lunch
Saturday, May 22
12:30-2 p.m.
Lyceum Complex, 5th Floor
Over the past several decades, numerous court cases have had dramatic effects on the courts’ role in determining state budget policy. Recent judicial mandates, for instance, have had the effect of setting minimal constitutional requirements for what is considered adequate education; some courts have declared education funding systems unconstitutional. In both scenarios, governors and legislators have been required to make critical budgeting decisions in response to judicial decree. This session will feature experts who will explore the interaction of state constitutions and legal rulings on state budget decision-making, ranging from issues related to education financing to prison overcrowding.