Back then, more than 60% of California households could be considered middle income, according to Sara Kimberlin, senior policy analyst with the non-profit California Budget & Policy Center. By 2016, that number had dipped to below 50%.
According to a May California Budget & Policy Center analysis, California companies, as a whole, are not heavily dependent on the tariffs Trump implemented. However, the same conclusion was not found for the retaliatory tariffs proposed by China. Their analysis found that these tariffs have “significant negative effect” on California companies and workers because of China’s designation as a key export market. The study reasoned that the effects will be felt locally by the companies and the workers they employ.
“His track record on issues of poverty, inequality and economic security adds up far better [over two terms] than it often looked in individual budget years,” said Chris Hoene, executive director of the nonprofit California Budget & Policy Center, which advocates for the working poor.
“Students facing housing and food insecurity are far more likely to experience poor academic health and mental health outcomes,” says Amy Rose, policy analyst at the California Budget & Policy Center. “This really snowballs into them taking part-time classes, dropping courses, skipping semesters which just means that they take longer to graduate.”
Housing insecurity, displacement and homelessness have reached historic levels. In a study published in 2017, the nonpartisan California Budget & Policy Center reported that in the 2016 Census, more than one in five Californians are living in poverty, meaning the Golden State is the most impoverished in the country. The study concluded that, while poverty is complex, there is one major factor driving its proliferation: housing unaffordability.