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Video: A Conversation with Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas

By Stephanie Barton

Speaker Robert Rivas talks with PPIC president and CEO Tani Cantil-Sakauye about his approach to leadership, some key legislative priorities, and how his personal history has shaped his views on public policy.

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Factors and Future Projections for K–12 Declining Enrollment

Over the past five years, enrollment has fallen in nearly three-quarters of California school districts, a trend that is expected to continue into the next decade. In a presentation of a new report, PPIC researchers Julien Lafortune and Emmanuel Prunty will outline the regions and groups affected most by enrollment declines and discuss the fiscal impacts and policy implications for the state’s TK–12 system.

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Video: Californians and Their Government

By Stephanie Barton

Researchers Lauren Mora and Deja Thomas discuss key takeaways from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, including Californians' views on the 2024 election, the top issues facing the state, and US involvement 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

Two in three likely voters favor Proposition 1, a March ballot measure that would restructure funding for behavioral health services in California. Nearly half believe that the United States has a responsibility to do something about the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas, while a majority think Congress should authorize additional funding for Ukraine to support its war with Russia.

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Wildfire Smoke Is a Threat to Children’s Health

By Shalini Mustala

The average number of days per year with heavy smoke in California's air has been rising, especially in the Central Valley, Sacramento region, and far north. This poses a particular health risk for children, who are more likely to be exposed to wildfire smoke and more susceptible to its effects.

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Understanding the Reach of the California Earned Income Tax Credit

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 the CalEITC, they could benefit from knowing more about where and when the credit is claimed. PPIC researcher Tess Thorman will talk about a new report that sheds light on the factors associated with CalEITC participation.

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