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California Companion Report
Children's Defense Fund's new report, entitled Ending Child Poverty Now, details for the first time how the nation can significantly reduce child poverty. The report shows how relatively modest changes to policies we know work at the federal, state and local levels can be combined to move millions of children out of poverty.
By investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget to expand existing federal programs and policies to increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, 60 percent of poor children across the country would be lifted out of poverty and 97 percent of all poor children would benefit.
A companion report by Children's Defense Fund - California presents key state policy recommendations for how California could reduce child poverty, including enacting a refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit, raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and expanding child care subsidies.
California has the highest child poverty rate in the nation, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s supplemental poverty measure. More than one in four (26.6 percent) California children were poor in 2012.