According to the Supplemental Poverty Measure, which considers the cost of housing and other factors, California's poverty levels are much higher than in the rest of the country.
We discuss new Census data on a variety of topics, including household incomes.
We discuss a new Census Bureau report on state poverty rates, including its Research Supplemental Poverty Measure.
We discuss a new piece, published in a major national publication, that uses Census Data to examine changes in real incomes by percentile at the state level between 1990 and 2014.
Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released updated poverty statistics for states indicating that 16.4 percent of Californians—more than 6 million people—were poor in 2014. This poverty rate is down slightly from the 2013 rate of 16.8 percent, but remains higher than in the rest of the U.S.
We discuss the Governor's May Revision proposal for a state earned income tax credit (EITC).
We provide links to other states' and localities' tax agencies that administer their own EITCs.
Bills to create a state EITC in California have been introduced in the Legislature before. None have been enacted into law.
We provide information on some key resources concerning the federal earned income tax credit.
The federal EITC is a major tax program whose purpose, over time, has moved toward increasing the rewards for paid work and reducing poverty.
Incomes are greater for California households than in the rest of the U.S. Incomes are more spread out as well, in that there is a larger gap between high-income and very low-income households.
Particularly under a newer U.S. government poverty measure, the Research Supplemental Poverty Measure, California's poverty rate is much higher than that of the rest of the country.