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The Role of CalFresh in Stabilizing Family Incomes

By Caroline Danielson, Tess Thorman

CalFresh—California’s largest safety net program—helps mitigate income instability for many low-income families. But those without recent employment often do not experience this stabilizing effect. Additional efforts to automate income reporting and ensure that individuals can access CalFresh as soon as they are eligible could strengthen the program’s reach and impact.

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Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

PPIC’s latest survey examines Californians’ preferences in the upcoming gubernatorial and congressional elections, as well as their opinions on the economy, homelessness, and crime. It also gauges support for state propositions to uphold abortion rights, reduce greenhouse gases, and allow online sports gambling. PPIC survey analyst Rachel Lawler will present findings and discuss key takeaways with associate survey director Dean Bonner.

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California’s Evolving Economy

By Sarah Bohn

Fundamental shifts in three keys areas--where we work, how we work, and the role of federal investments--are likely to shape California’s economic future as well as the policy questions we face.

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How Is California’s Child Care Sector Faring?

By Sarah Bohn, Julien Lafortune

Parents are back to work, with the share of employed mothers even higher than it was pre-COVID. But job recovery in the child care sector markedly lags that of the economy overall.

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Video: Health Care Access among California’s Farmworkers

By Stephanie Barton

PPIC’s Paulette Cha presents new research on how recent policy changes affected insurance coverage and access to health care for farmworkers, and discusses farmworker health with an expert panel.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Science Education

By Niu Gao, Kathy DiRanna, Maria T. Chang Fay

COVID-19 school shutdowns were especially disruptive for science education, which has long been a lower priority than math and English language arts. But as California schools recover from the pandemic, state policymakers can take steps to promote equitable investments in science literacy.

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Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

PPIC’s latest statewide survey examines Californians’ views on the economy, inflation, and their personal finances. It also tracks opinions about Roe v. Wade, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and the upcoming midterm elections. PPIC associate survey director Dean Bonner will present key findings and discuss takeaways with survey analyst Rachel Lawler.

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Maximizing Benefits of Solar Development in the San Joaquin Valley

By Annabelle Rosser, Mitchelle De Leon

Solar development offers one promising way to soften the economic blow as more irrigated farmland comes out of production in the San Joaquin Valley. We met with a diverse range of stakeholders to discuss how to maximize benefits—and mitigate potential harm.

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