Budget Center Updates

The California Budget & Policy Center’s regular updates highlight our new research and analyses, upcoming events, staff and board news, and other happenings in one convenient summary. Get the Budget Center Update straight to your inbox, along with all our other work, by joining our email list.

April 2019 Update

The Budget Center released five Data Hits in April. Three of these highlight child poverty disparities in California, and the other two show the significant contributions of immigrants to the state economy. An Issue Brief by Policy Analyst Kayla Kitson discusses what the federal opportunity zones program could mean for California communities. A report and blog post from Senior Policy Analyst Sara Kimberlin shows how the housing crisis hits renters and low-income residents the hardest, and summarizes some rent control and tenant protection bills that state policymakers are considering. Other recent work includes analyses on Medi-Cal’s senior penalty, policy options on how to make the state tax code more progressive, ways to improve state financial aid for college students, and mental health care expenditures in California’s corrections system.

Read the April 2019 Update


Featured in our report, The Federal Opportunity Zones Program and Its Implications for California Communities, this infographic lays out how opportunity zone investments work.

View Prior Updates:


March: Our annual conference; CalEITC briefing
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