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Press Release · December 3, 2002

New Series: Federal Formula Grants and California

At the request of the bipartisan leadership of California’s congressional delegation, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) and the California Institute for Federal Policy Research have developed a new and unique research product, Federal Formula Grants and California. This ongoing series will analyze the state’s share of federal grants and the mechanics by which grant funds are distributed.

The project’s first components include two overview pieces – one examining California’s share of formula funding and the other reviewing factors used in the formulas – as well as the first of our in-depth formula grant studies: TANF and Welfare Programs. (TANF is scheduled for reauthorization next year.) Please use the enclosed notebook to store these and forthcoming reports.

We are currently preparing an analysis of the formulas that distribute federal transportation funds in anticipation of next year’s renewal of the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). These reports will be followed over the next two years by numerous additional reports, briefings, fact sheets, a web database, and other products.

We hope you find these and future products valuable, and we welcome your feedback as we seek to improve the public debate regarding this important subject. If you have any questions, please contact us by phone (Abby: 415/291-4436; Victoria: 415/291-4412) or email (,

The Public Policy Institute of California is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving public policy in California through independent, objective, non-partisan research on major economic, social, and political issues. The Institute was established in 1994 with an endowment from William R. Hewlett.