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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 include: In the Democratic presidential primary race, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders lead the rest of the field by a wide margin. Californians see homelessness and the economy as the state’s top issues. Most view immigrants as a benefit to the state; majorities oppose restricting abortion rights and access. A school construction bond slated for the March 2020 ballot has a slim margin of support; fewer than half of likely voters support a potential November 2020 measure that would create a “split roll” property tax and direct some of the revenue to schools.

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Californians and the 2020 Election

By Mark Baldassare

PPIC president and CEO Mark Baldassare discusses some key differences between the state’s voters and nonvoters--and what this means for the 2020 election and California’s future.

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Predicting California’s Economic Health

By Dean Bonner, Eric McGhee

With some indicators pointing to a potential downturn in the near future, PPIC’s Statewide Survey offers a unique perspective on California’s economic outlook.

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Record Growth Puts Money in the Bank for California

By Patrick Murphy, Jennifer Paluch, Radhika Mehlotra

More than 120 straight months of job growth has provided a major boost to state revenues, allowing for increased spending as well as record reserves.

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LAUSD’s Measure EE and the Parcel Tax Vote Threshold

By Patrick Murphy, Jennifer Paluch

Los Angeles voters are considering a local parcel tax, while the legislature explores a constitutional amendment that would lower the vote threshold for such measures in the future.

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A Snapshot of Homelessness in California

By Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Vicki Hsieh

Homelessness declined slightly in California last year, but it's still a big problem: The state's homeless population accounts for nearly a quarter of the country's total.

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California’s State Budget: The Governor’s Proposal

By Radhika Mehlotra, Patrick Murphy

Governor Newsom’s first budget proposal would build up budget reserves and pay down debt—while increasing funding for housing, education, and health and human services.

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Money Measures and the November Ballot

By Patrick Murphy, Jennifer Paluch, Radhika Mehlotra

Ballots across California in the November election featured 397 money-related questions, including taxes, bonds, and fees. Most of these measures passed (79%), though success rates varied across types of taxation or borrowing.

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