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Statement From Chris Hoene on New LAO Forecast: "California Must Continue to Reinvest"

Read the full statement from CBP Executive Director Chris Hoene on the new long-term fiscal forecast released by the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO).

Read Our Blog Series on Proposition 2

The CBP recently published a series of blog posts on Proposition 2, examining the key provisions of the ballot measure and their potential impact.

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

This in-depth 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.

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.

CBP Infographic: Poverty Is a Problem We Can Address

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


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.

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.

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

This 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.

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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California's New Rainy Day Fund Rules to Be Closely Watched

Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget Project, said Brown’s popularity likely made the difference for California’s rainy day fund Tuesday.“He has managed the state’s fiscal health out of the downturn and has received a lot of credit and accolades for that work,” Hoene said.

THE NEW YORKER, 10/20/2014

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.