For First 5 Marin’s child care forum, Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher presented on the importance of affordable child care and preschool and basic policy approaches to address child poverty and boost child development.
Director of Research Scott Graves spoke at the National Association of Social Workers – California Chapter’s annual “Legislative Lobby Days” about opportunities in the 2019-20 state budget proposal to advance policies that can help boost economic security.
This California Budget Perspective “chartbook” examines the social, economic, and policy context for this year’s budget; discusses key elements of — and priorities reflected in — the Governor’s proposal; and highlights issues to watch in the coming months.
Director of Research Scott Graves provided an overview of the 2019-20 state budget proposal with a focus on health and human services issues for the Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration’s 2019 Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference.
There are a few ways the state can pay for major changes. Scott Graves, director of research for the nonpartisan California Budget & Policy Center, says policymakers could use revenues from the General Fund without a tax increase, as they did when they expanded Medi-Cal to undocumented children in 2016. Or they can go to revenue sources that generally rise over time, such as a personal income tax, a sales tax or a corporation tax. He says revenue sources that decline over time, such as tobacco taxes, are less effective at funding ongoing costs.