Budget choices should reflect our collective values, priorities, and ideals, and this depends on budget deliberations that are fact-based. The Budget Center works to make budget issues — and the budget process itself — more accessible and easier to understand, so as to broaden participation in the debate and foster policies that work for all Californians, especially low- and middle-income individuals and families.
California Budget Perspective 2018-19
This California Budget Perspective “chartbook” examines the social, economic, and policy context for this year’s budget; discusses key elements of — and priorities reflected in — the Governor’s proposal; and highlights issues to watch in the coming months.
Due to Budget Cuts, State Spending for SSI/SSP Grants Is About 40% Below the 2007-08 Level
This Data Hit shows that Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) grants remain at recession-era levels under the Governor’s 2018-19 state budget proposal.
CalWORKs Grants Are Overdue for a Significant Investment
This Fact Sheet shows that CalWORKs grants remain below the federal deep-poverty line. The 2018-19 proposed state budget does not increase grant amounts or reinstate the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) despite the fact that state revenues are projected to exceed expenditures by billions of dollars.