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.

November 2018 Update

This edition makes the exciting announcement that we’re hiring for four brand new positions at the Budget Center: policy analysts in health and K-12 education, research associate, and outreach associate. We’re continuing our Policy Perspectives Speakers Series with our annual budget preview event December 11 in Sacramento and we recently held an event on key measures on the November 6 ballot October 10 in Los Angeles. In a recent blog post, Policy Analyst Kayla Kitson examines the ways that last year’s federal tax law exacerbates racial wealth inequities. In another blog post, Senior Policy Analyst Sara Kimberlin discusses how Trump’s trade war with China is likely to affect businesses in all California congressional districts. Executive Director Chris Hoene co-authored an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee on the Working Families Tax Credit proposal and how tax credits and other cash assistance can help address the high cost of living and low wages. A brand new chartbook by Director of Research Scott Graves looks at the landscape of California’s corrections system and shows how despite recent progress, further reforms are needed and highlights the importance of our state decreasing its reliance on incarceration.

Read the November 2018 Update

October 10, Los Angeles, at Key Statewide Measures on the November Ballot and What They Could Mean for Housing, Transportation, and Our Communities.

View Prior Updates:


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