This guide describes the state budget process and timeline and looks at the key steps and players in creating state-level spending plans.
There were major cuts to funding for state-run child care and preschool programs for low- and moderate-income families after the recession. Funding has slowly eeked back up to 2007-08 levels, but demand still outweighs supply. Kristin Schumacher of the California Budget & Policy Center told us restoring this should be a top priority. “We know that if we provide families with resources, such as access to subsidized child care, that they’re able to work and maintain employment because they know that their kids are in a safe and stable and consistent environment that they can rely on while they go to work. That’s really important because we want to boost familles’ resources and we know that really benefits kids in the long run.”
And while children’s advocates and others appreciate the incremental progress made under Brown — for example, creating and then expanding a state earned income tax credit — Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget & Policy Center, said there’s more to be done. “This governor has made strides, but we’re still not back to where we were before the Great Recession,” Hoene said. “I would expect (the Legislature) to see whether a Gov. Newsom is perhaps willing to go a bit further than Gov. Brown was in general.”
Much has been written about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), pushed by Republican leaders in Congress and signed into law by President Trump in December 2017, mostly benefits wealthy households while driving up the federal deficit by $1.9 trillion over the next 10 years. This growing deficit — already 17% higher in […]
This Budget Center chartbook discusses the impact of recent years’ criminal justice reforms, looks at remaining challenges to our state corrections system, and explores the need and prospects for further reforms.