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New State and Federal Measures Aim to Manage Extreme Heat Risks

By Gokce Sencan

As climate change progresses, extreme heat events will become more frequent, more severe, and longer in duration. Several new state and federal programs aim to protect individuals and communities from the effects of extreme heat.

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Video: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Vicki Hsieh

Researchers Dean Bonner and Rachel Lawler discuss key findings from the latest PPIC Statewide Survey, which examines views on the California economy, rising consumer prices, the availability of well-paying jobs, and other issues.

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Inflation Squeezes Californians’ Budgets, despite Wage Growth

By Sarah Bohn, Marisol Cuellar Mejia, Julien Lafortune

Wages have risen steadily in California since the beginning of 2020 amid a historically tight labor market. But after adjusting for inflation, average wages are down slightly compared to January 2020.

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Video: Homelessness in California’s Cities

By Mary Severance

PPIC’s Lande Ajose talks with League of California Cities CEO Carolyn Coleman, Bakersfield mayor Karen Goh, and San Diego mayor Todd Gloria about efforts cities are making to address homelessness and the most pressing challenges ahead.

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Testimony: The Role of State Tax Credits in Helping Low-Income Families

By Caroline Danielson

For a hearing of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation, PPIC’s Caroline Danielson discussed how the California Earned Income Tax Credit and the Young Child Tax Credit help mitigate poverty—and potential strategies for increasing uptake.

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Video: The Importance of CalFresh in Unstable Times

By Mary Severance

PPIC’s Tess Thorman and Caroline Danielson discuss recent research on CalFresh enrollment before and during the pandemic, participants’ ties to the workforce, and the program’s role in stabilizing family budgets.

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Fewer California Adults and Far Fewer Children Are in Poverty in 2021

By Caroline Danielson, Patricia Malagon

New census data show that poverty in California declined among both adults and children last year. While economic downturns typically cause poverty to rise, pandemic relief measures drove a continued decline, especially among children.

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