“If people want to call what California is doing socialism, fine, but it isn’t having a negative impact on the economy,” says political scientist Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Center for Budget & Policy. “By just about every measure of productivity, we’re at the upper end of the spectrum.”
A January 2018 report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office said California ranked 29th in per-student spending. By contrast, the California Budget & Policy Center’s list from 2017 pegged the state at 41st place. The Budget Center’s analysis accounts for the cost living in each state. That tends to place California at a lower spot in state rankings. Jonathan Kaplan, a senior policy analyst with the California Budget & Policy Center, said accounting for cost of living is important because salaries — which vary by region — are often the largest expense in any education budget.
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.
Kristin Schumacher, an analyst for the California Budget & Policy Center, said Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget, released in January, makes it clear that he has a very strong commitment to serving children and families in California. But she said in addition to laying a foundation for a stronger childcare system in the future, the state needs to help families whose children need care now.
Although parents would be eligible for up to 100% of their previous pay, the draft proposal says that the city would cap the total compensation received by eligible workers, limiting the maximum to the annual cost of living for a parent and child in Los Angeles. A Ryu aide estimated the current amount around $65,000, citing an analysis from the California Budget & Policy Center.