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.
This Data Hit looks at latest Census data on health coverage and shows how the number of Californians without health insurance — children as well as adults — has declined substantially since the state’s comprehensive implementation of health care reform.
Prosperity Is Out of Reach for Too Many People in Our State According to new Census figures released this morning, nearly 1 in 6 Californians (16.4 percent) and more than 1 in 5 California children (22.7 percent) lived in poverty in 2014 based on the US Census Bureau’s official poverty measure. While these rates were […]
INTRODUCTION California’s workforce has undergone a number of large shifts over the last generation. The profile of who is working today differs in fundamental ways from more than three decades ago, and understanding these changes can inform how state policies could better promote the economic security of workers and their families. This “chartbook” highlights four […]
This Issue Brief examines different data sources that are used to evaluate California’s level of K-12 spending, reviews the advantages and disadvantages of each, and explains why the amount that California is reported to spend per K-12 student, as well as its ranking relative to other states, varies depending on the source of this information and how it is interpreted.