SACRAMENTO — A new report by the California Budget & Policy Center highlights the vast housing instability and economic-racial inequity for the state’s 17 million renters before and after COVID-19, and why state and federal policymakers must urgently act on policies to extend eviction moratoriums and rental assistance.
SACRAMENTO – The Budget Center released a new report — Distance Learning & the Digital Divide — highlighting the racial and economic inequities blocking millions of K-12 students’ ability to log on and learn from their homes.
Providing emergency cash relief and housing support, and prioritizing the safe reopening of schools are wise investments for the state, our economy, and to meet the urgent needs of Californians in low and middle-income households who have been hard hit by the pandemic. Still, Governor Newsom and state leaders need to consider the many urgent and ongoing health and economic needs of children, families, workers, and seniors in low-income households. Every day, Californians are losing jobs and income, health care and food assistance, child care and educational opportunities. State leaders must prioritize ongoing investments that will help Californians with the health and financial strains faced not just today, but in the months and years to come.
Today, we share in gratitude and relief that members of Congress completed the constitutional requirement and their responsibility to certify the 2020 election and confirm our nation’s next president and vice president — Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Still, we are heartbroken. We condemn the racist and violent assault on our elected officials, their staff, the many people who work to protect and maintain the US Capitol, and our democracy — and all incited by President Trump and enabled by high-ranking national and state officials, including some in California.
SACRAMENTO – California women, and especially women of color, face persistent barriers to accessing economic security, physical and mental health care, and representation in elected positions that greatly improve their lives, the well-being of their families and communities, and the state’s economy, according to a new resource from the California Budget & Policy Center. The Budget Center released its updated California Women’s Well-Being Index, an interactive online tool that provides a multifaceted statewide look and breakdown by all 58 California counties of how women are doing in their communities. The Index pulls together an array of measures for women and shares data by race and ethnicity, including health, personal safety, employment and earnings, economic security, and political empowerment data.