This fact sheet shows that California K-12 spending lags the nation using nearly any measure of school funding. California ranks 42nd among all states and the District Columbia in K-12 spending per student, based on a new Budget Center analysis that adjusts the most recent spending figures for differences in states’ costs of living.
This fact sheet uses an alternative measure of labor market strength to show that despite the state’s job gains in recent years, California workers still face a tough hiring environment.
In recent years, California has made significant progress in reducing the number of people involved with the state correctional system. These declines resulted from criminal justice reforms adopted by state policymakers and the voters following a 2009 federal court order requiring California to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. This Issue Brief examines changes in corrections spending from the […]
Budget Center’s Director of Research Scott Graves spoke about California’s budget process at the Hunger Advocacy Network 2015 Advocacy Training event held in San Diego.
Drawing on Census figures released last month, a new Data Hit from the Budget Center shows that a household at the state’s 95th percentile in income in 2014 had 9.9 times the income of a household at the 20th percentile. This ratio essentially held steady between 2013 and 2014, but remains well above its pre-recession level.