It’s no secret California is facing an affordability crisis. Even with the longest economic expansion in U.S. history powering our economy, more than 40 percent of voters say they can’t afford to live in the state.
California’s middle class often gets squeezed into an economy with no room for errors. As the gap between the rich and poor continues to grow, our Influencers weighed in on how to help those caught in between.
The middle 20 percent of income distribution in California pays a lower share of their income in total state taxes – income, property and sales taxes combined – than does either the top or bottom 20 percent.
The over-65 population will nearly double in the next decade. Policymakers must make major changes to services and healthcare to allow them to live and age with dignity, while also supporting their caregivers.
A gray wave is coming. Unless California faces reality and makes significant changes to the way it provide services and addresses the needs of a growing senior population, generational poverty will make a come back.
The number of senior citizens in the state is about to explode. The 65-and-over population will nearly double within a decade, which means a larger percentage of seniors here in California than in Florida.
Attending college includes a slew of expenses beyond tuition: housing, transportation, food and books. But there is an even higher price that students, families and California are paying – the cost of broken promises.
In the movies, college is about football games, fraternity parties, all-nighters in the library and sessions about the meaning of life. For others, tuition costs create an experience that is much less glamorous.
Attending college includes many bills beyond tuition: housing, transportation, food and books. But there is a larger price that students, families and the state of California are paying: the cost of broken promises.
There is a humanitarian crisis on the streets of California: homelessness. But this crisis is not a monolith. It is a diverse set of individuals and families who ended up without housing for myriad reasons.
California’s homeless crisis is decades in the making, and it’s going to take more than affordable housing to fix it. We need a multipronged approach, combining things like rent control and mental health assistance.
California’s homeless crisis is more apparent than ever. We need to break down this immense catastrophe into discrete and more manageable parts, tackling issues like rent control, affordable housing and mental health.
California wants to lead the battle against climate change. Thanks to renewable energy, we have the opportunity to achieve aggressive climate goals in CA while easing the transition to a cleaner future.
A few years ago, lawmakers developed an aggressive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Now the next step in the transition to clean energy falls to us, but more specifically to California’s drivers.
Traditional jobs are inflexible. Women are often forced to choose between work and family, while confronting the challenges of managing work, family and the costs of raising children and caring for loved ones.
The gig economy doesn’t have the dirty, dangerous factories of the Industrial Revolution, or child laborers or piece workers. But, make no mistake, this is economic innovation based on exploitation of labor.
When it comes to setting the rules that govern part-time workers in a rapidly changing gig economy, the answer depends on which type of driver you see in the front seat – a wage slave or an entrepreneur.
We have a moral, practical, and economic imperative to provide all students with a high-quality education that prepares them for college, career and civic life. Nothing less than the future of our children, our communities and our state hangs in the balance.