At a joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Human Services Committees today, March 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Capitol Room 437, invited testimony from the California Budget Project will highlight just how prevalent food insecurity is in California and the toll that food insecurity can take on children and families.
The Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP) Program provides modest cash grants — funded with both federal and state dollars — that help 1.3 million low-income seniors and people with disabilities in California to pay for food, housing, and other basic necessities.
California’s adult education system is a vital resource for millions of low- and middle-income individuals, helping them obtain the basic knowledge and skills necessary to advance in their careers and actively participate in civic life.
The California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) together educate more than 675,000 students statewide and play a critical role in providing pathways to opportunity and economic mobility.
Yesterday, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released a report detailing the fact the 44% (or 435,000) San Diegans in the private sector lack access to earned sick days. Rob Nothoff, a research and policy analyst at the Center on Policy Initiatives, explained that earned sick days are “…a public policy issue because they...Read More
This week is your last chance to register in advance for the CBP’s 2014 annual conference, Raising the Bar: How Smart Policy Choices Can Create Shared Prosperity in California, on March 6 in Sacramento.
A new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) finds that 44 percent of San Diego’s private sector employees lack access to a single earned sick day. More than half of San Diego’s Hispanic workers (55%) lack access to earned sick days, compared with forty percent of both black and white workers. Earned...Read More
The California Budget Project (CBP) has released An Incomplete Vision: Putting the Governor’s Proposed 2014-15 Budget in Context. This is our annual in-depth “chartbook” that examines the Governor’s proposed spending plan as well as the social and economic context that will shape the budget debate.
This week, Seattle became the latest city to see strikes by fast-food workers calling for higher wages, following similar actions in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Detroit this year. Echoing the calls of workers in other cities, Seattle workers were demanding the right to organize without employer retaliation as well as higher wages. Washington state currently has the nation's highest minimum wage, at $9.19 an hour.
With comprehensive immigration reform continuing its arduous path through Congress, states continue to work on their own tracks, passing reasonable, humane, and economically beneficial immigration policies. In addition to measures like tuition equity, this includes bills that allow undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses. This week, Connecticut became the latest state to pass such a bill, while California saw bipartisan support emerge for theirs -- yet more evidence of how the politics around immigration reform may be shifting: