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Looking Forward

By Mark Baldassare

Jan 5, 2021 ... At the start of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn continue to pose daunting challenges. PPIC's research examines how ...


California’s Future

By Ellen Hanak, Laura Hill, Hans Johnson, Caroline Danielson ...

This multi-topic publication highlights the state's most pressing long-term policy challenges in several key areas: criminal justice, economy, education, ...

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Video: A Conversation with Leon Panetta

By Mary Severance

Former secretary of defense and White House chief of staff Leon Panetta joined Mark Baldassare last week for a conversation about the importance of ...

Fact Sheet

Poverty in California

By Caroline Danielson, Sarah Bohn, Tess Thorman

The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) lowered poverty rates most, by 1.6 points overall, and CalFresh lowered the overall poverty rate by 1.3 points. The ...

Fact Sheet

California’s County Jails

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin

In addition, the state prison system has not allowed transfers of jail inmates with prison sentences throughout most of the pandemic, requiring these inmates to ...


California’s Future: Education

By Laura Hill, Hans Johnson, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Niu Gao ...

California has begun moving toward a “cradle to career” approach that connects early childhood, K–12, and higher education more closely.


California’s Future: Economy

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

California's economy has been hit hard by COVID-19. Between February and May 2020, the state lost more than 3 million jobs, largely erasing gains from a ...

Fact Sheet

Arrests in California

By Magnus Lofstrom, Brandon Martin, Joseph Hayes

Local law enforcement directives during the pandemic likely led to fewer overall arrests in California. Violent offenses are the largest category of felony ...