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Spotlight on Rural California

Rural California is vast—and varied. It faces unique challenges, from high poverty to sparse social services to a lingering digital divide. What are the most immediate challenges and how are leaders and stakeholders addressing them? Join PPIC for a conversation between James Gallagher, assembly Republican leader, and Tani Cantil-Sakauye, president and CEO of PPIC, followed by a panel discussion with state and local leaders.

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Labor Force Participation in California

California’s labor force participation is shrinking, mainly because of an aging population. But significant participation gaps across demographic groups also pose limitations. How can the state remove barriers to work and build a strong workforce for years to come? PPIC researchers Julien Lafortune, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, and Hans Johnson will discuss findings—and pathways forward—from a new report.

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Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

The latest survey tracks voter preferences and enthusiasm in the run-up to California’s March 5 primary. It gauges opinions about local, state, and national economic conditions and views of the state budget. It also examines views on the situation at the US–Mexico border as well as the role the US should play in conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine.

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Lauren Mora, Deja Thomas

The key findings of the survey include: Schiff, Porter, and Garvey lead in California's top-two primary for the US Senate. Strong majorities see the situation with migrants at the US-Mexico border as a major problem and want the US to focus on improving the process for admission decisions. Most support Israel and Hamas agreeing to a ceasefire now; Californians are more divided on providing aid to the region.

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Video: California’s Economic Future

By Mary Severance

At the launch event for PPIC's new Economic Policy Center, Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal spoke with center director Sarah Bohn and leaders from across the state about how California's economy is faring and what kinds of policies could best help workers and businesses thrive.

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