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
A State EITC Would Complement Other Public Supports That Boost Families’ Economic Security
Creating a state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) would reduce economic hardship for more than 3 million households and help fill in where other public supports fall short.
Strategies to Reduce Poverty in California
This Budget Center chartbook looks at poverty in California and discusses how state policies could help reduce economic hardship.