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On Governance

California's budget volatility is a choice.

Our most vulnerable bear the costs.

California's Legislative Analyst projects an unprecedented $73B state budget deficit, just years removed from an unprecedented $100B budget surplus.​

                         We can do better.

Policy Recommendations for addressing CA's Budget Volatility

  • Increase the size of the state's Rainy Day Fund so we can save more in good years to manage the bad years.

  • Reform the State's Spending Limit so that savings is not counted as "spending".

  • Avoid tax policy changes that make the state's revenue more volatile.

Learn more about our work to see that California thrives for years to come.

On Education

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The Bad News:  Less than half of CA fourth graders are reading at grade level.

The Good News: We know how to fix it.

The CA Kids Read Act came up short in 2024.

Stay Tuned: We're coming back in 2025.

On Housing

On Housing

California's high housing costs are driven by a dramatic housing shortage, estimated at 2.5M housing units.  We have to build more - much more - but we're adding only ~100K new units each year when we need ~150K each year just to tread water.

Addressing a crisis:  Learning from ongoing efforts

  • Los Angeles has seen a surge of interest in building affordable housing, even from for-profit developers.  What's their secret?  Read about it here in CalMatters.

  • Hawaii's Governor has signed an emergency declaration to streamline housing construction. See the Governor's declaration here.

  • Florida's Live Local Act has spurred a spike in middle income housing development. Read more here in The Wall Street Journal.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

| Margaret Mead

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