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Most Californians Favor Newsom’s Budget Proposal

By Rachel Lawler

The governor’s proposed state budget has the support of a solid majority of Californians as does the COVID-19 Emergency Response Package included in his spending plan.

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Starting the Year with Less (Real) Money

By Sarah Bohn, Julien Lafortune

Over the last two years combined, prices have increased more than 8%. The impact on family economic well-being is especially large for those at the lower end of the income spectrum.

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What’s Next for California’s K–12 Enrollment?

By Julien Lafortune, Emmanuel Prunty, Vicki Hsieh

The statewide decline in K–12 enrollment is projected to accelerate over the next decade, though with significant variation across counties.


Keeping College Affordable for California Students

By Kevin Cook, Jacob Jackson

California’s financial aid programs reduce tuition for most students. But the state and its higher education institutions can improve college access and success by providing additional aid to lower-income students, addressing growing non-tuition costs, and eliminating barriers that increase the time it takes to earn a degree.


Targeted K–12 Funding and Student Outcomes

By Julien Lafortune

As students return to the classroom, record-high funding through the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will help California districts address gaps after a year of remote learning. In this report, we examine school and district spending against trends in student outcomes to offer insight into whether the LCFF is meeting its goal of improving equity in education.

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Drought, Water Supply Are Top Environmental Concerns in California

By Rachel Lawler, Annabelle Rosser, Gokce Sencan

As the state copes with yet another severe fire season, a new PPIC survey finds that Californians are very concerned about drought and water supply—and they’re increasingly linking these issues to climate change.

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Paying for California’s Water System

By Caitrin Chappelle, Ellen Hanak, Annabelle Rosser

Most funding for California’s water system comes from local water bills and taxes. During droughts and recessions, revenues decline, making it harder for water agencies to keep up with needed investments.

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