Over the Budget Center’s 25 year history, our team has produced more than 1,000 in-depth reports and detailed analyses to help advance public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of Californians with low and middle incomes. These are among the most highly requested resources produced by the Budget Center.

  • A Guide to the State Budget Process: In the Budget Center’s popular guide, we provide an overview of the year-round state budget cycle, detailing the roles of the key players, and lay out the timeline for state budgeting as well as opportunities for people to provide input on policy and fiscal decisions being made about their lives and communities.
  • Navigating the State Budget Process: This print-friendly infographic illustrates the key steps in the state budget process as well as the respective roles of the Governor and the Legislature and the various opportunities for public involvement.
  • Proposition 2 & “Rainy Day” Funds: Whether the state’s economy is thriving or a crisis hits, questions abound about California’s “rainy day” funds, which are special pools of funding set aside during periods of economic growth. As this Budget Center Issue Brief outlines, California created its primary rainy day fund – the Budget Stabilization Account (BSA) – in 2004. Voters enhanced the account and set new rules in 2014 under Proposition 2.
  • California Women’s Well Being Index: When women thrive, their families and communities prosper. Yet despite decades of progress, women still face persistent disparities on a range of issues, from economic security to health to participation in political leadership. The Women’s Well Being Index is a multifaceted, composite measure looking at five dimensions of women’s well-being by county: health, personal safety, employment & earnings, economic security, and political empowerment.
  • Making Ends Meet: This report and interactive tool shines a light on the economic challenges faced by many Californians by showing the cost of supporting a family or a single individual in different parts of the state. This analysis also presents basic family budgets for each of California’s 58 counties for four types of households: a single adult, a single-parent family, a two-parent family with one parent working, and a two-working-parent family.
  • Census Data & Poverty Among Californians: Every September, the US Census Bureau releases data on the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM) that provides a look at the economic need among Californians. The SPM is a more accurate indicator of economic need in California than the official federal poverty measure that is frequently used. The most recent data and Budget Center analysis found that approximately 7.1 million Californians lived in poverty each year from 2016 to 2018 – more than 1 in 6 state residents (18.1%).
  • Housing Affordability in California: This chart – with updated 2018 data – shows that no matter where one lives in California, housing affordability is a problem throughout the state when housing costs are compared to incomes. The Californians who are most affected by the housing affordability crisis are renters and households with the lowest incomes.