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Michael Genest


Michael Genest co-founded Capitol Matrix Consulting in 2011. Prior to going into private practice, Mr. Genest served for four years as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's chief financial policy advisor in his role as Director of the California Department of Finance. Since Governor Reagan's administration, only one person has served longer in that position. Mr. Genest served on Governor Schwarzenegger's transition team and was sworn in as Chief Deputy Director for Budget in the Department of Finance on the first day of the Administration, in November 2003. He also served for six months as Undersecretary of the Health and Human Services Agency and as chief of administration at the inception of California's Corrections and Rehabilitation Agency. Mr. Genest received his master's degree from the University of California at Berkeley, Graduate School of Public Policy in 1980 and his Baccalaureate in Political Science from San Jose State University in 1978.

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California’s Budget, Past, Future – And What Might Have Been

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

Not too many people get excited about dry budget numbers. Most people care instead about what’s behind those numbers -- how much of our money will the government take, what kinds of services will it provide?

Stupid Things We Do In Sacramento

by Michael Genestvia Eureka
Monday, June 25, 2012

When guilt is demonstrable, confession is the best bet.

So allow me to confess: as the California’s Director of Finance for four years, I did some stupid things.