Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
|Type||Public policy think tank|
|Headquarters||820 First Street, NE, Suite 510|
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an American think tank that analyzes the impact of federal and state government budget policies from a progressive viewpoint. The Center's stated mission is to "conduct research and analysis to help shape public debates over proposed budget and tax policies and to help ensure that policymakers consider the needs of low-income families and individuals in these debates." The Center generally argues for more spending for social programs and against cutting taxes.
CBPP was founded in 1981 by Robert Greenstein, a former political appointee in the Jimmy Carter administration. Greenstein founded the organization, which is based in Washington, D.C., to provide an alternative perspective on the social policy initiatives of the Ronald Reagan administration. CBPP is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Though the organization describes itself as non-partisan, journalists have characterized it as liberal or left of center.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Center was founded in 1981 by Robert Greenstein, who continues to serve as the organization's president. In 2013, the Center reported revenue of $37.5 million, expenses of $27.3 million, and total year-end assets of $67.7 million.
In 1993, the Center was involved in the founding of the State Fiscal Analysis Initiative (SFAI), a network of nonprofit, state-level policy organizations that examine state budget and tax policies and their effect on low- and moderate-income households.
In 1997, the Center established the International Budget Partnership (IBP). The IBP publishes an annual Open Budget Index which measures governmental budget transparency and accountability around the world.
In 2005, representatives of CBPP attended a May 2006 meeting of the Democracy Alliance along with the Center for American Progress and the Economic Policy Institute to "talk about the agendas they were busy crafting that would catapult Democratic politics into the economic future."
The Center is opposed to modern day efforts to call a convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution.
Board of directors
|Henry J. Aaron||Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution|
|Kenneth S. Apfel||former Commissioner of the Social Security Administration; Professor of the Practice, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland|
|Jano Cabrera||former Communications Director for RIAA during Napster lawsuit; former Communication Director, Democratic Party; Worldwide EVP, Burson-Marsteller|
|Henry A. Coleman||Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy|
|James O. Gibson||Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy|
|Antonia Hernández||President, California Community Foundation|
|Wayne Jordan||CEO, Jordan Real Estate Investments, LLC|
|Frank Mankiewicz||former Press Secretary to Robert F. Kennedy; former President of NPR; Vice Chairman, Hill & Knowlton|
|Lynn McNair||Senior Director of Business Development and Resource Mobilization, Internet Society|
|Marion Pines||Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies|
|Robert D. Reischauer||former Director of the Congressional Budget Office; President Emeritus, Urban Institute|
|Paul R. Rudd||Adaptive Analytics, LLC|
|Susan Sechler||Managing Director, TransFarm Africa|
|Melanne Verveer||Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security|
|Kim Wallace||Managing Director, Head of Washington Policy, Renaissance Macro Research|
|William Julius Wilson||Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor and Director of the Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Program, Harvard University|
The Center is supported by a number of foundations, including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Ford Foundation, as well as individual donors. The Atlantic Philanthropies is a major donor to CBPP, as is George Soros. CBPP has received funding through the Democracy Alliance. In fiscal year 2012, it accepted $1,533,236 in government grants.
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