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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Economic Well-Being

By Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Rachel Lawler, Deja Thomas

Amid rising prices and economic uncertainty, more than two in three Californians are pessimistic about how the state’s economy will do over the next year. An overwhelming majority of employed Californians are at least somewhat satisfied with their jobs, but satisfaction declines among lower-income residents.

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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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The Politics of Leaving California

By Eric McGhee, Hans Johnson

California has seen multiple years of population decline, driven in part by a growing number of people leaving the state. Political differences as to the role of government in society could be a factor in some migration decisions.

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Video: 2022 Election Preview

By Vicki Hsieh

Jennifer Medina, national politics reporter at The New York Times, talks about the priorities and mood of California’s electorate with Tamara Keith, White House correspondent at National Public Radio, Christine Mai-Duc, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and Terry Tang, editorial page editor at The Los Angeles Times.

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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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Video: Californians and Their Government

By Vicki Hsieh

With the midterm election approaching, researchers Rachel Lawler and Dean Bonner discuss new PPIC Statewide Survey findings on key state ballot measures, competitive US House districts, and issues that could shape election outcomes.


How Hospital Discharge Data Can Inform State Homelessness Policy

By Shannon McConville, Hemal Kanzaria, Renee Hsia, Maria Raven

Discharge data from emergency departments provide information on where people experiencing homelessness go for hospital care and on the conditions for which they are treated. If linked with data from homeless assistance programs and safety net services, this information can help policymakers make targeted investments and evaluate outcomes.

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Policy Brief: How Hospital Discharge Data Can Inform State Homelessness Policy

By Shannon McConville, Hemal Kanzaria, Renee Hsia, Maria Raven ...

As the only guaranteed source of health care open around the clock, hospital emergency departments (EDs) are at the frontlines of serving Californians who are homeless. Linking discharge data from ED visits with data from local and state resources may help policymakers understand and respond to the needs of California’s homeless population.

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