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Labor Force Participation in California

By Julien Lafortune, Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Jenny Duan ...

California’s labor force participation is shrinking, mainly because of an aging population. But significant gaps across demographic groups are also a concern. How can California remove barriers to work, boost participation, and build a strong workforce for years to come?

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Video: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Mary Severance

Researchers Dean Bonner and Deja Thomas discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines Californians’ views on their own financial situation, the state’s economic outlook, and other topics.


Understanding the Reach of the California Earned Income Tax Credit

By Tess Thorman

State-designed and -funded tax credits for low-income families are a small but growing part of California’s anti-poverty portfolio. As policymakers explore ways to refine, increase, and supplement the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), they could benefit from knowing more about where and when the CalEITC and similar credits are claimed.


A Conversation with Leon Panetta

As we move into a consequential election year, the importance of leadership is top of mind for Californians. Former secretary of defense and White House chief of staff Leon Panetta will join PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye for a wide-ranging discussion about leading through the critical challenges facing the state and nation.

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Public Health Insurance in California

By Shalini Mustala, Paulette Cha

More than half of Californians are covered by public health insurance—mainly Medi-Cal, which covers low-income residents, and Medicare, which covers most adults aged 65 and older. The state is preparing to expand Medi-Cal to all low-income Californians, regardless of age or immigration status.

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Video: Californians and Their Government

By Vicki Hsieh

PPIC researchers Deja Thomas and Dean Bonner discuss key findings from our latest statewide survey, which examines Californians’ views on mental health, economic conditions, the state’s March 2024 primary election, and other topics.


Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

PPIC’s latest survey examines Californians’ views on economic conditions and their personal finances. It also looks at approval of state and federal officials, preferences for the 2024 elections, and opinions on mental health and immigration policy. Survey analyst Deja Thomas will present key findings and discuss takeaways with associate survey director Dean Bonner.

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Video: Examining the Reach of Targeted School Funding

By Stephanie Barton

All school districts in California saw large funding increases over the past decade, through the Local Control Funding Formula. PPIC researcher Julien Lafortune explores how districts managed these funds—and how they affected student outcomes.

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