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? »
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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? »
The Budget Center’s annual policy conference took place Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the Sacramento Convention Center. Policy Insights was a chance to join hundreds of policymakers, business and community leaders, and others in discussing how our state can broaden economic opportunity and help low-income families to advance.
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Brown’s finalized state budget package for 2017-18, the state fiscal year which began on July 1, 2017.
President Trump’s support for private school vouchers has prompted a growing interest in what K-12 school vouchers are, how they work, and the issues they raise. Traditional school vouchers are directly funded by states to help parents pay tuition costs for their children to attend private school, which may include religious private schools. At first glance, it is unclear how federal policies that promote private school vouchers would work at the state level and whether Californians would support them. » Read more about: School Vouchers: What They Are and Why They Are Problematic »
President Trump this morning officially released his full budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2018, which starts on October 1, 2017. In the coming days and weeks, the California Budget & Policy Center team will dig further into the details, but even from an initial look it’s very clear that the President’s proposed budget threatens the economic and social well-being of millions of low- and middle-income Californians. What’s more, by shifting huge costs and responsibilities to California and other state governments, » Read more about: How President Trump’s Proposed Budget Is Bad for Californians and for the Economy »
Does California need significant new investments in its transportation infrastructure? Given our state’s deteriorating highways, roads, bridges, and other transportation infrastructure, not to mention billions of dollars in deferred maintenance, the answer should clearly be “yes.”
Governor Brown and state legislative leaders agree. They recently enacted Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, allocating $54 billion over the next 10 years in a transportation package that is split equally between state and local investments. » Read more about: Understanding California’s New Transportation Package »
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Brown’s revised state budget proposal for 2017-18, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2017.
This Fact Sheet highlights the impact of federal funds on California’s budget and the state’s support of health and human services, among other areas of spending.
This “first look” analysis examines Governor Brown’s proposed state budget for 2017-18, the state fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2017.