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The CalFresh Food Assistance Program

CalFresh is the largest food assistance program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—called CalFresh in California and sometimes known as food stamps—is the largest food…

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California’s Changing Prison Population

After decreasing dramatically, California’s prison population has stabilized. California’s prison population peaked at nearly 163,000 in 2006; public safety realignment in 2011 and subsequent reforms…

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California’s Changing Parole Population

Realignment shrank the parole population … The number of parolees under active supervision—that is, those whose whereabouts are known and are not facing revocation for…

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Alternative Water Supplies

Alternative supplies are a small but important part of the state’s water portfolio. Alternative water sources―recycled wastewater, urban stormwater, and desalinated seawater and brackish water―now…

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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Their Government

Key findings from the current survey: In California’s gubernatorial race, Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa are in a virtual tie—but a quarter of likely…

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California’s State Budget: The Governor’s Proposal

Governor Brown’s 2018–19 budget anticipates continued revenue growth. On January 10, Governor Jerry Brown submitted his proposed 2018–19 budget to the legislature. The $190.3 billion…

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The CalWORKs Program

CalWORKs is a key component of California’s safety net for low-income families. Established in 1998, the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program…

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The Affordable Care Act in California

The Affordable Care Act made major changes to federal health policy. Passed in 2010 with most provisions going into effect in 2014, the Affordable Care…

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