Budget Center Updates

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January 2019 Update

The Budget Center kicked off the year as we usually do with a statement on the new state budget proposal and our “first look” analysis. We also hosted two special webinar briefings: one on the key components of the 2019-20 proposed budget and another on how the proposal invests in young kids and families. Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher authored a Fact Sheet that shows that 2 million California children were eligible for subsidized child care in 2017, but only 228,100 received care from a program that could serve families for a full day and throughout the year. Our annual conference, Policy Insights 2019, is coming up March 27 in Sacramento and will feature Stockton Mayor Michael D. Tubbs. A San Francisco Chronicle op-ed by Natalie Foster of the Economic Security Project and our Executive Director Chris Hoene looks at Governor Newsom’s plan to significantly expand the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) and discusses how even more can be done to make sure the credit reaches as many Californians as possible. The Budget Center is hiring for a number of roles, including director of strategic communications, a K-12 education policy analyst, and an intern.

Read the January 2019 Update

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs will speak at our annual conference, Policy Insights 2019. 

View Prior Updates:


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