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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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Analysis: The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act

The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act, known as Schools and Communities First, is a statewide ballot measure that seeks to make changes to some provisions of California’s landmark 1978 property tax limitations, Proposition 13. Schools and Communities First is the first qualifying initiative that would make changes to Proposition 13 in over 40 years. The ballot initiative would raise an estimated $12 billion in local revenue to schools and local governments by amending the tax rates for commercial and industrial properties.

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