Proposition 5 would significantly expand special rules under which certain property owners can lower their property taxes. This Issue Brief examines Prop. 5 and shows that its ultimate effect would be to expand tax breaks for older, wealthier Californians at the expense of other homeowners, including those who are younger and less affluent.
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This Fact Sheet discusses the key features of the California College Promise. Funded in the 2018-19 state budget, the Promise will provide state funding to community colleges to improve college readiness, increase completion rates, and close achievement gaps.
This ‘first look’ analysis examines Governor Brown’s finalized state budget package for 2018-19, the state fiscal year which will begin on July 1, 2018.
More than 1 in 5 children in California live in poverty, when accounting for the high cost of living in many parts of the state. This high child poverty rate deserves attention from state policymakers. In fact, a state task force — the Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Task Force, established last year by Assembly Bill 1520 (Burke) — is examining the problem of child poverty in California and will develop recommendations to guide state policymakers in addressing this challenge. » Read more about: Task Force Aims to Address California’s High Child Poverty Rate — but Policymakers Can Also Act Now »
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Brown’s revised state budget proposal for 2018-19, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2018.
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Brown’s proposed state budget for 2018-19, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2018.
Five years ago this fall — in October 2012 — I joined the Budget Center as its executive director. I have been honored to serve in this role, and I am excited about the organization’s, and California’s, future.
Over the past year in particular, I have been reminded of why our work at the Budget Center — engaging in independent analysis intended to improve public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians — is so fundamentally important. » Read more about: Looking Back at the Last Five Years — and Looking Forward »
Investments in higher education have long been understood to provide the best pathway to economic opportunity and upward mobility. College graduates achieve significantly higher incomes, improved life outcomes, and improved multigenerational economic and social outcomes for their families compared to individuals without college degrees. Public sector investments in higher education have proven to be particularly successful in improving economic mobility. A recent study found that public institutions of higher education are most likely to enroll low-income students and successfully prepare them for higher-earning careers. » Read more about: Federal Budget Proposals Threaten Cuts to Higher Education »
Senate Bill 562 (Lara and Atkins), which would establish a single-payer health care system with universal coverage in California, was approved by the state Senate in early June, but has stalled in the Assembly. Although it appears that SB 562 will not move forward in 2017, a single-payer proposal could be revived in 2018. This post is the first in a series examining key issues related to SB 562 and, more generally, to efforts to create a universal, » Read more about: Can California Implement a Single-Payer Health Care System Without Going to the Ballot? »
This post is the third in a series on K-12 private school vouchers and how federal support for them could affect California.
In two recent blog posts we explained the problems that traditional K-12 private school vouchers raise and how voucher-like programs implemented by many states could potentially serve as a model for the Trump Administration. These “back-door” vouchers, just like traditional vouchers, undermine K-12 public education by diverting public dollars to support private schools. » Read more about: What Might Federal “Back-Door” Vouchers Mean for California, and What Are State Policymakers’ Options? »