California Budget & Policy Center

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The California Budget & Policy Center, a nonpartisan, research and analysis nonprofit committed to advancing public policies that improve the lives of Californians, released the following statement from Executive Director Chris Hoene following the release of Governor Newsom’s proposed 2022-23 state budget: “Urgent funding and support for the ongoing public …continue reading

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California is home to renowned public university systems, educating thousands of students every year and helping them build strong futures for themselves and their communities. The right to education is fundamental to the well-being of students and the larger society as research shows that more education can promote healthier lives …continue reading

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Although state leaders already enacted a 2021-22 state budget, there is still room to advance equitable policies and support Californians. As California faces both better-than-expected revenues and continued devastation from the pandemic, we must recognize that this is proof of inequality and an opportunity to do better. Policymakers must continue …continue reading

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Millions of California seniors and people with disabilities turn to Medi-Cal for essential health care. This is because ableist, ageist, racist, sexist, and classist policies and practices have blocked seniors and people with disabilities from access to jobs, income, and wealth that can provide health coverage throughout their lifetimes. A …continue reading

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California is making strides to overcome COVID-19 but state leaders can’t stop there. Instead, they must also invest in Californians and communities that have been harmed by exclusionary policies, historically underserved, and most impacted by the pandemic. This must include California’s undocumented seniors. A new Budget Center report shows undocumented …continue reading

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In a new report, the California Budget & Policy Center offers progressive solutions to California’s problems without once considering loosening the restrictions placed on Californians and allowing them to find their own solutions. Entitled What Can Federal & State Policymakers Do Now as COVID-19 Pushes Californians Over the Cliff?, the …continue reading

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Expiring unemployment insurance benefits. Rent and mortgage payments due again soon. The stress is mounting for out-of-work Californians as the COVID-19 health and economic crisis goes on. For Black, Latinx, immigrant, and undocumented Californians, the challenges in paying for housing and other basic needs are even greater than for white …continue reading

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Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees are starting their work on the state’s upcoming fiscal plan, including holding public hearings and reviewing Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposals for the 2020-21 budget. As many of you know, this is the time of year when policymakers determine how money is spent on programs and …continue reading