With a new minimum wage increase having taken effect on January 1, this Data Hit discusses the role that prior minimum wage increases have played in boosting the earnings of low-wage workers in our state.
This Data Hit shows that California’s full implementation of the Affordable Care Act has contributed to significant health care coverage gains in the state.
This Data Hit highlights the inadequacy of Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment grants, which leave many of its recipients in poverty.
Due largely to various reforms, the number of people incarcerated in state prisons and fire camps has declined and is now lower than in the mid-1990s. Yet, the state’s cost per incarcerated adult has doubled.
California lawmakers last year established a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) modeled on the federal credit of the same name. This Data Hit from the Budget Center shows how the state and federal EITCs together benefit working families and also points out how the new state EITC is just one step toward fostering economic security in our state.