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Proposition 2: Should California Prioritize Paying Down Debt and Significantly Change State Budget Reserve Policies?

This new ballot measure analysis examines Proposition 2 and the key policy issues it raises, including what it would mean for the overall state budget and for K-14 education funding.

CBP Infographic: Poverty Is a Problem We Can Address

This new infographic shows why state policies that boost workers' earnings can play a major role in reducing poverty and fostering economic opportunity.

New Census Data Show That More Than One in Seven Californians – One-Third of Them Children – Lived in Poverty in 2013

This CBP fact sheet examines new Census data on poverty, child poverty, and income in California.

Proposition 47: Should California Reduce Penalties for Drug and Property Crimes and Invest in Treatment?

This ballot measure analysis looks at what Proposition 47 would do and examines its potential impact on public safety, community health, and California's criminal justice system.

Beyond Recovery: Making the State's Economy Work Better for Low- and Mid-Wage Californians

A new CBP report on the latest employment and wage trends in California shows that just recovering from the Great Recession will not be enough to provide for broad-based economic growth.

An Open Letter to Five States’ Officials About Tesla Motors

CBP Executive Director Chris Hoene joined leaders at peer organizations in four other western states in a letter urging policymakers to rethink their approach to economic development.


Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Poverty

This CBP report highlights the potential for public policies to reduce poverty and connect low-income Californians with economic opportunity.

Op-Ed: Will State Leaders Keep Promise of New School Funding Formula?

The CBP’s Jonathan Kaplan writes in the Sacramento Bee about why policymakers need to act to ensure transparency in school districts' use of dollars targeted to disadvantaged students.

From State to Student: How State Disinvestment Has Shifted Higher Education Costs to Students and Families

This CBP report looks at the decline in state support for the California State University and the University of California over the past generation.

California’s New School Funding Formula, One Year Later

On KQED’s Forum program, CBP Senior Policy Analyst Jonathan Kaplan joined an expert panel to discuss progress made on the Local Control Funding Formula and what questions and challenges lie ahead.


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The Rehabilitation of California's Ballot Measure

The California Budget Project has said that Prop. 47's passage could allow the state to meet the court-ordered population threshold.


Proposition 2 Beefs Up California Budget Reserve, but Its Effect on Education Funding Is Dubious

"The impact on overall funding for schools and community colleges would be negligible," said Scott Graves, research director for the California Budget Project, which produces independent fiscal and policy analysis.


One in Seven Californians Living in Poverty

"I think the first thing that people should understand about poverty is that most families in poverty actually have jobs, the problem is their jobs just don't pay enough," says Alissa Anderson of the California Budget Project.


S.F. Businesses, Tech Not Blocking Minimum-Wage Increases

The public has been more responsive to efforts to raise the minimum wage in the wake of the recession, according to Luke Reidenbach, a policy analyst with the CBP. While California's economy has finally regained the number of jobs it lost during the recession, low-wage workers aren't making any more money, according to a CBP study.