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Improving Health Care Data in California

By Shannon McConville, Paulette Cha, Caroline Danielson, Daniel Tan

California policymakers are moving to create a health care payment database (HPD) for examining health care use, costs, and outcomes. A state HPD would be a crucial resource to inform state policy around homelessness and improving children’s well-being. This report highlights research that could be advanced by an HPD.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

Key findings from the current survey: A slight majority of likely voters (51%) support a March ballot measure for a $15 billion bond to construct and modernize public education facilities. Most Californians (63%) say housing affordability is a big problem in their area, and 70 percent approve of Governor Newsom’s plan to spend $1 billion to address homelessness. Californians give mixed reviews to Newsom’s plan to scale back high-speed rail but support plans to scale back the Delta water tunnel project. Heading into the Democratic primary, Sanders leads (32%), trailed by Biden (14%), Warren (13%), Bloomberg (12%), and Buttigieg (12%).

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California’s Future: Health Care

By Shannon McConville, Paulette Cha

California is looking to protect and expand health coverage gains. Health care costs—and an uncertain federal policy landscape—are a major concern.

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Balancing Budgets and Need during Recessions: California’s Safety Net Programs

By Patrick Murphy, Caroline Danielson, Shannon McConville, Jennifer Paluch

During economic downturns, the state faces falling revenues and rising demand for safety net programs. In the last recession, California cut programs significantly. Next time, what steps can policymakers take to support those in need, while still balancing the budget?

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Alyssa Dykman

Key findings from the current survey: Biden, Warren, and Sanders are the frontrunners in California’s Democratic presidential primary. Most Californians favor impeaching President Trump and removing him from office; views on how the impeachment inquiry is being handled are mixed. Many are concerned about wildfires and power shutoffs during fall fire season; local utilities and the governor get mixed reviews for their handling of the issue. Nearly two-thirds think California is divided between “haves” and “have nots”; 41 percent see themselves as “haves” and 44 percent say they are “have nots.”

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Medi-Cal Expansion and Children’s Well-Being

By Paulette Cha, Shannon McConville

The Affordable Care Act allowed California to expand Medi-Cal to most low-income adults. Evidence indicates that access to health insurance improves the finances and behavioral health of adults—and that these improvements could benefit children.

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Millennial Voters and California Politics

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Alyssa Dykman, Rachel Lawler

Millennials are more liberal than older Californians—and more likely to favor immigration, health care reform, and state efforts to address climate change. But only three in ten are likely to vote.

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The Impact of Expanding Public Preschool on Child Poverty in California

By Caroline Danielson, Tess Thorman

High-quality preschool has many benefits, such as promoting early skill development in young children and supporting work among parents. More investments in public preschool could also help reduce child poverty by subsidizing an important family expense.

Statewide Survey

PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Alyssa Dykman

Key findings from the current survey: Likely voters who are Democrats or lean Democratic are divided on whether it is more important for the party to nominate the candidate whose positions most closely align with their views or the candidate who seems most likely to defeat President Trump. Californians are more likely than the nation as a whole to say that impeachment proceedings should begin. Three-quarters of Californians see participation in the 2020 Census as very important—but most have concerns about confidentiality. More than half of adults say their housing costs cause a financial strain, and most favor proposed new rules intended to create more affordable housing.

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Preparing for California’s Next Recession

By Patrick Murphy, Jennifer Paluch, Radhika Mehlotra

California is enjoying one of the longest growth periods in history and appears well-prepared to endure a mild economic downturn. But a more severe crisis would exhaust current reserves, decrease school funding, and open a significant budget gap for several years. What steps can the state be taking to prepare for and minimize these outcomes?

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