CDF-California (CDF-CA) has worked in coalition for nearly four years to establish and expand universally accessible anti-poverty tax credits, because millions of California’s working residents have been unable to meet basic needs year after year. This year, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law expanding the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) that will provide critical support to more than 600,000 individuals, including 200,000 children. California is only the second state in the country to take action to address this inequity.
For many months, CDF-CA worked with a diverse group of community and county stakeholders to develop a 100+ page report, Youth Justice Reimagined, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In November, the board approved a set of recommendations from that report, including a $75 million investment that has the potential to transform the LA county’s punitive youth justice system to one that is about safety, healing, and wellbeing.