This First Look report outlines key pieces of the 2022-23 budget proposal, and examines how the governor and the Legislature can expand upon the governor’s proposals to invest in the people who have put their own health and well-being at risk to keep our communities running and move California forward.
An archaic spending limit known as the Gann Limit challenges California’s ability to meet the ongoing needs of Californians.
A comprehensive guide to the California state budget process: we provide an overview of the year-round state budget cycle, detail the roles of the key players, and lay out the timeline for state budgeting as well as opportunities for input. Our hope is that this guide makes the state budget process more accessible for policy staff, advocates, and the media, as well as to broaden participation in the budget debate.
The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis amplified long-standing racial, gender, and income inequities in California and the US and highlighted the critical need for bold investments to strengthen the safety net so that all people can meet basic needs, crisis or not. In particular, the pandemic accelerated a growing movement around Guaranteed Income – the idea that government should provide people with unconditional cash support to ensure that everyone has a minimum level of income to meet basic needs.
COVID-19 has disrupted California Community College (CCC) students’ higher education plans, causing many to reduce their course loads or pause their education altogether. The CCCs serve high percentages of students of color and students with low incomes, and drops in enrollment can further narrow educational opportunities and undermine workforce development priorities statewide.