New CBP Infographic: Navigating the State Budget Process

December 15, 2014

Understanding the process by which policymakers craft California’s state spending plan each year is important for staying engaged in the debate. As part of its annual budget workshop and preview in Sacramento last week, the California Budget Project (CBP) released a new infographic that illustrates what happens when and shows the roles and major activities of the Governor, the Legislature, and the public in the year-round budget cycle. A full-size version (PDF) of this infographic is available here.

Navigating the State Budget Process

This infographic also appears in an update of the CBP’s publication, Dollars and Democracy: A Guide to the State Budget Process. In addition to highlighting key facts about our state budget, Dollars and Democracy discusses the constitutional framework for the budget process, defines important terms and concepts, and looks in depth at the main activities and timeline of the budget process.

— Steven Bliss

CBP Infographic: Poverty Is a Problem We Can Address

September 17, 2014

Census Bureau data released yesterday show that poverty in California remains high. Our brief report on the new Census data shows that the share of all Californians with incomes below the federal poverty line in 2013 remained significantly higher than in 2006, the year before the Great Recession began. More than 5.6 million Californians — over one in seven — had incomes below the poverty line in 2013.

What’s more, nearly 2 million California children were living in poverty in 2013. Although the state’s child poverty rate — 20.3 percent — is down significantly from that in 2011 (24.3 percent), children still account for a disproportionate share of Californians living in poverty.

This CBP infographic (below) highlights the new top-level poverty data from the Census and shows why state policies that boost workers’ earnings can play a major role in reducing poverty and fostering greater economic opportunity across our state. A full-size (PDF) of this infographic is available here.

— Steven Bliss