Celebrating the labor movement, supporting worker rights, and ensuring economic security are the historic pillars of Labor Day. But instead, this Labor Day — September 6th — marks the day that additional federal unemployment benefits expire. This means that millions of workers who are searching for work as COVID cases
Building a More Equitable California At the Budget Center, we believe that budgets are about values. And as policymakers look to finalize the 2021-22 state budget, it’s important to remember that economic struggles remain for the vast majority of Californians. The good news? With this state budget, policymakers have an
Did you know undocumented and mixed status California families have been excluded from thousands of dollars in federal aid during the pandemic, even though they are deeply integrated into our communities, workplaces, and schools? Undocumented Californians are also shut out of most other supports, including the federal Earned Income Tax
There’s no question: California women, and women of color especially, are scrambling to pay for everyday expenses after losing jobs and household income since the start of the pandemic. And their mental health is suffering too. As a new Budget Center report by Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher shows: Over
Child care providers are a critical component of the state and nation’s economic infrastructure, ensuring our children have a safe space to learn and grow while parents work. But child care providers are struggling under the pressures of the pandemic. Thousands of California providers have closed their doors. And these
As California policymakers make 2021-22 budget decisions, and deliberate what level of investment they will make in the health and economic well-being of Californians, here’s an important fact to keep in mind: California ended 2020 with 1.5 million fewer jobs than the state had a year ago this month. This
The California Budget & Policy Center team is providing you our First Look analysis of the 2020-21 state budget enacted by the Legislature and Governor Newsom. In this First Look analysis, we answer: How do state leaders balance the budget using reserves, available federal aid, delayed payments, and spending cuts?
Governor Newsom’s revised 2020-21 budget plan is out and now state leaders will make policy choices and fiscal decisions that affect every Californian. But many of those policy decisions have the greatest effect on people who have lost their jobs, incomes, and face a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19.
It’s a month out from Tax Day and more than 1 million California families with low earnings have already received tax refunds from the CalEITC, with many more expected to get refunds in coming weeks. These refunds couldn’t come at a better time. With public health officials calling for “social
Accessory dwelling units – commonly known as ADUs – are among the housing options receiving attention in the Capitol as state leaders look at a variety of policies to help Californians who are struggling to afford rent. While leaders are navigating how to handle the development and compliance of ADUs,
The California Budget & Policy Center, a nonpartisan public policy research group, issued the following statement from Executive Director Chris Hoene in response to today’s release of Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised 2019-20 budget: “Governor Newsom’s revised budget continues the bold investments he first proposed in January that are necessary to