In January 2017, the California Budget & Policy Center ranked California 41st in the nation for per student spending. Our state spent $10,291 per student in 2015-2016, which is drastically lower then the national average of $12,252 per pupil. Though higher spending does not necessarily equate to higher quality public schools, it is undeniable that California’s public schools lack the necessary resources to provide a nationally competitive public education for our students.
“It’s probably fair to say that Californians numbering in the high hundreds of thousands benefit from the federal medical expenses deduction each year,” said Scott Graves, director of research at the California Budget & Policy Center.
Overall, the top 1 percent of income earners in California would get 82 percent of the benefits, according to the California Budget & Policy Center. The middle 20 percent would only receive about 8.5 percent of benefits. That’s even more unbalanced than the nation; the 1 percent would get 67 percent, while the middle fifth would get 6.5 percent.
Wealthy Americans and corporations would benefit most from the Republican tax proposal, according to a new analysis from the California Budget & Policy Center. It concludes that in California, nearly 82 percent of tax cuts under President Donald Trump’s plan would benefit the top 1 percent of income earners, with another 16.6 percent of the tax cuts helping the next 4 percent of income earners.
California has the highest share of adults with limited English proficiency and the lowest share of adults with a high school diploma, compared to other states, according to the California Budget & Policy Center. More than half of low-income children in the state – 1.6 million – have parents who have limited English proficiency and/or do not have a high school diploma. Child care expenses can hold parents back, eating up over two-thirds of the income of the average single mother, according to the California Budget & Policy Center.