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Video: A Conversation with Leon Panetta

By Stephanie Barton

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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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.

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Video: Tracking Progress in Community College Access and Success

By Vicki Hsieh

Four years ago, state lawmakers dramatically broadened access to key transfer-level courses at California’s community colleges. PPIC researcher Cesar Alesi Perez presents findings from a new report on what these reforms have meant for improving student outcomes.

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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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Video: A Conversation with Chief Justice of California Patricia Guerrero

By Mary Severance

Patricia Guerrero became California's 29th Chief Justice in January 2023, succeeding current PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye as head of the state's judiciary. At an event in Sacramento, they discussed Chief Justice Guerrero's priorities and goals for the state's judicial branch.

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Health Conditions and Health Care among California’s Undocumented Immigrants

Insights into the health care needs of undocumented patients can help the state prepare for the expansion of Medi-Cal to all low-income Californians. PPIC researcher Shalini Mustala will present a new report on the health of undocumented patients and the services they tend to use; report lead author Paulette Cha will moderate a panel discussion about the series of Medi-Cal expansions and other safety net investments that benefit undocumented residents.

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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.

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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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