Meeting several times a year, the six-member CFC is charged with putting two and two together -- and then some. The council estimates how many folks will be using public services afforded by state government. Those figures are used to help develop a redoubtable document called the Omnibus Biennial Appropriations Act, more commonly known as the state operating budget.
The council looks at numbers for everything:
* Student-enrollment in public schools, colleges and universities.
* Recipients of public assistance.
* Incarcerated persons in prison or on probation.
* Citizens receiving long-term care, medical assistance, foster care, and adoption support.
Stanford, who is vice chair of the House Capital Budget Committee, earned a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Washington. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics, both earned from Harvey Mudd College, and has worked as director of analytics for a telecom company and in fraud-detection in the mortgage industry.