A Detailed Look at Poverty in California
A new analysis of U.S. Census data shows poverty is more widespread in many of California’s counties.
Profile of the Status of Women and Girls in South Los Angeles
Prepared at the request of the Select Committee on Women and Inequality for the 2015 Hearing, this background document provides a snapshot of issues affecting gender, race, and poverty in South Los Angeles, including employment, homelessness, and trafficking.
How Often Do Governors Say No?
A new tally of the governors who vetoed the most bills and the fewest bills since 1967. Where does Governor Brown stand?
Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50
The two largest government health care programs, Medicare and Medicaid, turned 50 this summer. Learn why these programs are so important for the country and especially for Californians.
The Water We Drink, Part II: What is California Doing to Ensure Safe Water is Affordable and Accessible?
This is the second of two installments prepared by the Senate Office of Research (SOR) on drinking water. The first installment, published in February 2015, updated a 2011 SOR report on what California does to ensure its drinking water is safe. This second installment focuses on the challenges to providing safe and clean drinking water that is affordable to disadvantaged communities; it also includes portions of the original 2011 report.
2015 Results From New Student Tests To Be Released
Statewide results from California’s new “Common Core” standards tests in English-language arts/literacy and math are expected next month. In anticipation of these results, this brief highlights how the new academic standards and tests are a significant change for schools and students.
What Is California Doing to Ensure Its Water Is Safe?
This is the first of two installments providing an update to SOR’s 2011 report on drinking water. This installment provides an overview of the state's regulation of drinking water.
California's New School Planning and Accountability System
An overview of the system established by the Local Control Funding Formula legislation and areas for further state action as the system evolves.
California's Paid Family Leave Program
How Californians have used the state program since it started 10 years ago on July 1, 2004.
The Potential of Demand Response Programs
These energy-saving programs offer a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to use California's energy resources.
Potential Impacts of GMO Salmon on Environment
California Residential Facilities for Adults
This table was prepared at the request of the Senate Human Services Committee for a Joint Oversight Hearing.
Tracking California's Revenue and Tax Structure
This PowerPoint presentation offers an overview of the state's general revenue and tax history and how it has fluctuated over time.
Understanding Alzheimer's Disease
An in-depth review of an impending public health crisis that is expected to impact nearly 700,000 Californians by 2025.
To Train or Not to Train?
Should California use funds to help the unemployed and underemployed find jobs now or upgrade their job skills for the future?
How Many Prisoners Were Once in Foster Care?
A unique state survey reveals how many of the polled inmates were formerly in foster care.
Is Our Drinking Water Clean and Safe?
A review of California's Drinking Water Program and how the state's water is monitored for safety.
How Are Workforce Investment Act Funds Being Spent?
Most Local Workforce Investment Boards report spending only a small share on job training.