As the sun sank toward the Pacific, Sam steered his taxi through downtown San Diego with rising anxiety. His fares for the day didn’t yet cover the $70 daily rental of his taxi, let alone provide any income for his family. Suddenly he saw a man on the opposite corner raise his arm. “I turned...Read More
A number of pieces of legislation were signed at the state level that will benefit people who work. We wanted to highlight just a few. Join the movement and make GivingTuesday a part of your holiday traditions by donating to CPI, a champion for working families and equity in San Diego. By January 2016, the...Read More
In response to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) long-term fiscal forecast released today, Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget Project, released the following statement: “The new forecast from the Legislative Analyst’s Office shows a vastly improved fiscal picture for California. And this is a critical opportunity.
Yesterday the California Budget Project (CBP) released a new report that takes an in-depth look at funding trends and policy issues related to the state’s child care and development programs, which are key in helping parents in lower-income families find or retain jobs as well as preparing children for success in school.
As we blogged about, the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) last month released a major report on the social and economic costs resulting from low-wage work in the fast-food industry.
This week, Seattle became the latest city to see strikes by fast-food workers calling for higher wages, following similar actions in New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, and Detroit this year. Echoing the calls of workers in other cities, Seattle workers were demanding the right to organize without employer retaliation as well as higher wages. Washington state currently has the nation's highest minimum wage, at $9.19 an hour.
With comprehensive immigration reform continuing its arduous path through Congress, states continue to work on their own tracks, passing reasonable, humane, and economically beneficial immigration policies. In addition to measures like tuition equity, this includes bills that allow undocumented immigrants access to driver's licenses. This week, Connecticut became the latest state to pass such a bill, while California saw bipartisan support emerge for theirs -- yet more evidence of how the politics around immigration reform may be shifting:
This week saw the case for budget austerity at both the state and federal levels continue to rapidly fall apart. A new Congressional Budget Office report showed that the federal budget deficit problem may not actually be that much of a problem anymore, and debates over what to do with budget surpluses began to percolate in the states as treasuries started to count tax revenues that came in last month, even as the pain from sequestration cuts also continued to be felt in all fifty states:
In the coming weeks, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two high-profile challenges affecting states directly: Shelby County v. Holder, a challenge to the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, as well as two cases on same-sex marriage. Arguments in the Voting Rights Act case are scheduled for February 27th, while arguments in the two marriage cases, Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor, are set for late March. States and the Obama administration are already filing briefs in advance of both cases. At the same time, efforts to advance marriage equality continued this week in state legislatures including Minnesota and New Jersey:
The same week that both President Obama and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators released proposals for comprehensive federal immigration reform, pro-immigrant policies continued to gain traction in the states on issues including tuition equity and driver's licenses for DREAMers. Nearly three years after Arizona passed SB 1070, anti-immigrant forces are clearly finding themselves increasingly isolated at both the state and federal level in 2013: