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The CalFresh Food Assistance Program

CalFresh is the largest food assistance program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—called CalFresh in California and sometimes known as food stamps—is the largest food…

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California’s State Budget: The Governor’s Proposal

Governor Brown’s 2018–19 budget anticipates continued revenue growth. On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown submitted his proposed 2018–19 budget to the legislature. The $190.3 billion…

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The CalWORKs Program

CalWORKs is a key component of California’s safety net for low-income families. Established in 1998, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program…

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The Affordable Care Act in California

The Affordable Care Act made major changes to federal health policy. Passed in 2010 with most provisions going into effect in 2014, the Affordable Care…

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California’s Future

Major change at the federal level and increasing pressure from demographic and economic forces are pushing California into uncharted territory. Wide-ranging critical issues—our environment, our…

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California’s Future: Health Care

California has seen dramatic declines in the number of uninsured residents since 2014, when major coverage expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were implemented.…

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California’s Future: Social Safety Net

California’s social safety net is designed to help people in economic need. It has several other short- and long-term goals, such as increasing employment, safeguarding…

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Reducing Child Poverty in California: A Look at Housing Costs, Wages, and the Safety Net

Nearly a quarter of young children in California live in poverty—a fact that has profound educational, health, and economic repercussions now and in the long…

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