Our state has a diverse and dynamic economy. Yet, a large share of Californians live in poverty, wages for the typical worker have been stagnant over the past generation, and the gap between the wealthiest and the less well-off is widening. Through our analyses of employment, incomes, and overall economic security, the Budget Center seeks to shed light on state and regional trends while highlighting potential policy approaches for helping low- and middle-income Californians to advance.
Work, Income & Poverty
CalEITC Particularly Benefits Children of Color and Women
This analysis shows the demographic characteristics of those likely to benefit from the California Earned Income Tax Credit, an important support for low-income workers and their families.
The CalEITC Provides Substantial Benefits to Low-Income Working Families With Children
This post examines findings from a recent report by the Franchise Tax Board that shows who benefits from California’s Earned Income Tax Credit.
With Many California Communities Still Economically Distressed, the New Congress Should Prioritize Policies That Improve People’s Economic Well-Being
This Fact Sheet highlights the latest Census data to show that poverty touches every one of our state’s congressional districts.