The California Budget & Policy Center estimates that a Sonoma County family with two children and one wage earner would need to make $59,000 a year to cover basic needs (even with employer-paid health care). That would be the equivalent of a job that pays more than $28 an hour. Lots of folks wish they were so lucky.
More than 20% of children are part of families that can’t afford clothes, food or other basic necessities, partly because of the state’s housing crisis and the high cost of living, according to a recent study from the nonprofit California Budget & Policy Center.
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.”
The ongoing US trade war with China, initiated by the Trump Administration, shows little sign of ending soon. After months of escalating tit-for-tat tariffs, the US has now imposed tariffs on $263.1 billion of goods imported from China, and China has responded with retaliatory tariffs on $112.4 billion in goods exported from the US to […]
California has its own refundable state tax credit that helps low-wage working families. This could be expanded to provide as much as $2,000 a year and to push further into the middle class to cover half the state’s population, including more than 5 million children. The California Budget & Policy Center projects that this would significantly reduce the state’s poverty rate, the nation’s highest.