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July Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
07/26/2018

The July Roundup looks at our continuing efforts on the 2020 Census, funding efforts related to addressing the family separation crisis at the southern border, efforts by New York funders as they relate to the closure of prisons and a deep dive on the proposed gas tax repeal in the state.

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June Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
06/28/2018

This month’s Public Policy Roundup includes the Public Policy Institute of California’s recent analysis on the impact census data has on federal funds and California’s spending. 

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May Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
05/24/2018

This month’s Public Policy Roundup comes days after our trip to the State Capitol for Philanthropy in Sacramento Day. Philanthropy California, our alliance with Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, convened over 20 funders from across the state to educate policymakers about the 2020 Census, advance philanthropic goals by building relationships with legislators, and identify areas of strategic collaboration across sectors. Our visits were timed as the Legislature worked to iron out differences between Senate and Assembly versions of the budget.

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April Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
04/19/2018

Last month, Philanthropy California, an alliance of Southern California, Northern California and San Diego Grantmakers, ventured to Washington, D.C. for two days of insightful meetings with policymakers as a part of the United Philanthropy Forum’s Foundations on the Hill (FOTH). Our visits were well-timed with Congressional deliberation over a spending measure that would fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. Southern California Grantmakers brought a delegation to discuss our perspectives on the 2020 Census, the Johnson Amendment and other issues of concern to our members, including the unresolved future of Dreamers. Highlights of our visit include:

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View From the North: Northern California Counties Attempt to Raise Revenue for Childcare

Publication date: 
04/11/2018

During the June 2018 election, residents in a few Northern California counties will consider ballot measures that intend to create childcare program subsidies for low- and middle-income families. Advocates of the ballot measures hope that these subsidies can alleviate families of the high cost of childcare, help parents get back to work after the birth of a child, and better prepare children for preschool.

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March Public Policy Round Up

Publication date: 
03/15/2018

Good morning from Washington, DC! Our Public Policy Roundup is coming from Capitol Hill, where as Philanthropy California, an alliance of Northern California, Southern California and San Diego Grantmakers, we spent two days meeting with more than thirty members of Congress on a variety of issues. We urged Congressional members to reject efforts to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which has long preserved the nonpartisan role of foundations and nonprofits in civil society. We also educated lawmakers on the importance of the 2020 Census and of fully funding Census preparation efforts for a full, fair and accurate count. We will have more updates on our Hill visits when we return from Washington.

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Highlights of the Federal Spending Agreement

Publication date: 
02/21/2018

Last week, Congress reached an agreement on a federal spending plan that would lift spending caps on defense and non-defense spending, put off a raising of the debt ceiling to March 2019 (after this year’s November elections), put the annual deficit over $1.2 trillion and push the nation’s debt over $20 trillion. The following chart summarizes some of the major spending provisions in the agreement.
 

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February Public Policy Roundup

Publication date: 
02/15/2018

This month’s Public Policy Roundup highlights three bills moving through the State Legislature: one that seeks to address the effects of capping the state and local tax deduction for federal taxes; one dealing with homelessness; and one expanding pay-for-success in an effort to reduce recidivism. As uncertainty looms over the future of immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the federal level, we summarize the California Budget and Policy Center’s analysis of the economic impact tied to DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers. We also take a look a recent report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office recommending to modify food and income benefits for some of California’s more vulnerable, and we examine the California Poverty Measure, which correlates the high costs of housing with higher poverty levels.

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Opposition to the Department of Justice’s Request to Add Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

Publication date: 
01/26/2018

In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.

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Santa Barbara County’s Participation in the U.S. Census Bureau’s “Local Update of Census Addresses” Program

Publication date: 
01/26/2018

In the last two weeks, SCG has taken action to support an accurate and fair count in the 2020 Census.

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