Budget Center Updates

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March 2019 Update

The Budget Center recently hosted its annual conference, Policy Insights 2019. More than 400 people from around California joined us for Policy Insights to discuss ways our state can broaden economic opportunity and prosperity. A new chartbook from Senior Policy Analysts Alissa Anderson and Sara Kimberlin highlights highlights the benefits of earned income tax credits for families, children, and communities and discusses how Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to significantly expand the credit will impact state residents with low incomes. For the Goldman School of Public Policy’s Talk Policy To Me podcast, Senior Policy Analyst Sara Kimberlin discussed the differences between the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and other basic income proposals. Director of Research Scott Graves provided a guest post on Medi-Cal’s financing issues for the California Health Care Foundation’s blog. Our recent work includes a blog post by Policy Analyst Adriana Ramos-Yamamoto on how state policymakers can advance health equity, Data Hits from Policy Analyst Amy Rose on how California’s low-income college students face considerable unmet financial need, a Data Hit by Director of Research Scott Graves that shows nearly 9 in 10 undocumented adults with low incomes lack health coverage, and an Issue Brief by State Policy Fellow Esi Hutchful on the earned-income disregard (EID) in CalWORKs.

Read the March 2019 Update

Our annual conference, Policy Insights 2019, took place March 27 in Sacramento.

View Prior Updates:


February: Policy Insights 2019; affordable college in California
January: “First look” at Governor’s budget; Policy Insights 2019


December: Addressing the racial wealth divide; our annual budget preview
November: Annual budget preview; we’re hiring!
October: Key statewide ballot measures; new Census poverty figures
September: Upcoming Census data release; LA event on ballot measures
August: A closer look at the new state budget; helping low-wage workers get by
July: New state budget; advancing further criminal justice reforms
June:  Advancing gender justice; state budget deliberations
May: Briefing on May Revision; impact of tariffs on California
April: Policy Insights 2018 recap; CalWORKS and housing
February: Policy Insights 2018; California Earned Income Tax Credit interactive tool
January: “First look” at Governor’s budget; Policy Insights 2018


December: GOP tax plan passes; our new Making Ends Meet analysis
November: Impact of federal tax and budget proposals
October: House approves budget plan; new Census poverty figures
September: New Census figures; a local lens on potential federal budget cuts
August: California Earned Income Tax Credit expansion; investing in early childhood education
July: New state budget; potential federal threats
June: Key federal and state policy proposals; meet our board
May: California Earned Income Tax Credit survey findings; upcoming May Revision
April: Tax credits for low earners; recent work on key federal proposals
March: Policy Insights 2017 recap; release of our annual budget chartbook
February: Our annual conference; “first look” analysis of Governor’s Budget
January: A changing federal picture; our annual conference


December: Budget preview event; health coverage gains at risk
November: On the ballot; new Census poverty figures