Children's State Budget Watch
The state budget is an important moral statement of what we value as a state and where our priorities lie. We believe the state must invest in quality child care, health care, education, nutritious food and other programs that help create a level playing field for all children.
At a time when one in four California children lives in poverty, the state needs to restore critical investments in children’s programs and begin repairing our tattered social safety net. California’s children and families are struggling with astounding poverty rates and a scarcity of services now – California’s fiscal health must be used to protect our children and our future.
CDF-CA works to be a voice for children in the state budget process by testifying at budget hearings and advocating for crucial investments in the future of California’s children.
Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit
The California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC), enacted by the Legislature and the Governor in 2015, provides much-needed assistance to working families and individuals who are struggling to make ends meet. The CalEITC is a cash back tax credit that puts money back into the pockets of California's low-income working families and individuals. The CalEITC has long-lasting benefits for children, families, and communities.
The California Gang Reduction, Intervention & Prevention (CalGRIP) Program fund local programs to reduce youth violence, and is one of the most important state level-investments in the safety and well-being of our young people and communities. Unfortunately, the Governor has proposed to eliminate all $9.2 million in CalGRIP funding in the 2017-18 budget.