Budget choices should reflect our collective values, priorities, and ideals, and this depends on budget deliberations that are fact-based. The Budget Center works to make budget issues — and the budget process itself — more accessible and easier to understand, so as to broaden participation in the debate and foster policies that work for all Californians, especially low- and middle-income individuals and families.
First Look: 2019-20 Budget Includes Balanced Investments, Leaves Opportunities to Improve the Economic Well-Being of More Californians
This “First Look” analysis examines the 2019-20 state budget for the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2019, and highlights the ways it creates economic security and opportunities for Californians, while also fostering the state’s fiscal health.
Unless Policymakers Act, Children of Immigrants Won’t Benefit From Proposed CalEITC Expansion
This blog post highlights the benefits of the California EITC and points out that hundreds of thousands of children of immigrants could be excluded from the expansion proposed by Governor Newsom if the credit is not extended to those who file taxes with an ITIN.
Five Key Facts About California’s Soon-to-Expire “MCO Tax”
This blog post discusses how a state tax on managed care organizations has major implications for the state budget. This analysis notes that if the tax is allowed to expire, the capacity of the state budget to support public services and systems, such as child care for working families and higher education, will be reduced.