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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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California Philanthropy and the New Reality of Legal Weed

Publication date: 
11/10/2017

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64, launching a new era in the consumption, marketing, taxation and regulation of for what decades has been California’s largest cash crop, marijuana. In this paper, I will explore how the policy issues emerging from the legalization of recreational marijuana intersect with racial justice, education, youth wellbeing, the built environment and economic development.

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Summary of Smart Growth California Webinar

Publication date: 
11/10/2017

On October 31, 2017, Smart Growth California hosted a webinar about Senate Bill 1 (Beall) California’s New Housing Transportation Bill. The presentation centered on the role funders can play in coalition-building and advocacy toward transportation equity, a criteria hotly debated by community advocacy groups before SB 1 passed last year. Speakers included:

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The 2020 Census is Underway

Publication date: 
10/16/2017

Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution mandates a counting of every person living in the United States, regardless of their citizenship status. The next decennial census will be conducted in 2020. The counting of nearly 400 million persons is an endeavor that requires cooperation among federal, state, and local governments, community based organizations, and philanthropy.

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Legislative Session Recap – Special Focus on Housing

Publication date: 
10/09/2017

The combination of higher demand for housing and insufficient supply in California has driven a rapid rise in housing costs.  According to a recent report by The McKinsey Global Institute, more than 50 percent of the state’s households are unable to afford the cost of housing in their local markets. Low-income Californians are disproportionately impacted with a state shortfall of 1.5 million affordable units for extremely low and very-low income renter households.

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Policy Brief: Proposed Tax Plan by the White House

Publication date: 
10/09/2017

The White House has proposed an outline for tax policy changes, entitled “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.”  

The proposed tax plan would affect individual income tax rates and corporate tax rates. This memorandum will focus on the proposed changes to the tax code that would have a direct impact to philanthropy, and follows up on an analysis by Southern California Grantmakers in May.

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Resources from Webinar: 2018 Political Forecast

Publication date: 
08/30/2017

The California Policy Forum explored the state’s current political landscape as the 2018 elections commence, and what trends philanthropy should be alert to during this time.

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