City officials and hotel industry representatives are both confident in the region’s ability to withstand a recession, but Chris Hoene, Executive Director of the California Budget & Policy Center, said the impact of a recession on local government could be severe. During the last recession, Hoene said, vacation destination cities were “the early canaries in the coal mine,” foreshadowing the broader downturn and housing foreclosure crisis.
Director of Research Scott Graves spoke about the implications of various health policy proposals in the 2019-20 state budget proposal, including plans to expand coverage and help boost the affordability of insurance purchased through the individual market, for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s Collaborative Gathering.
For First 5 Contra Costa’s Family Economic Security Partnership meeting, Director of Research Scott Graves presented on the 2019-20 state budget proposal and prospects for reducing poverty and improving economic security.
This Fact Sheet highlights the unmet need for subsidized child care in California, showing that an estimated 2 million children were eligible for care in 2017 but only 228,100 were able to participate in a subsidized full-day, full-year program.
Still, there are some high-profile symbolic advances, and a wealth of solid details, as explained by the California Budget & Policy Center, which works to improve public policies affecting low- and middle-income Californians. The center issued its customary “First Look” report just after the budget’s release, with a webinar discussion on Jan. 17. Its focus was primarily on making sense of what’s there, but they also noted some of what’s missing as well.