COVID-19 Issues

Our COVID-19 Issues series will look at how recent actions by the federal government affect California as well as how the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency may affect the state budget more broadly. We will add to the series and update the posts as additional actions are taken and additional information becomes available.

Federal Actions Affecting California


Federal COVID-19-Related Funding to California (April 28, 2020)
Handout: Overview of American Rescue Plan: Implications for California (March 18, 2021)
Flexible Funding to California in the American Rescue Plan (March 23, 2021)

Assistance to Individuals

Tax Credit Expansions in the American Rescue Plan (April 13, 2021)
Broad-Based Cash Assistance in COVID-19 Recovery Actions (Updated May 3, 2021)
Unemployment Insurance for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 (Updated: March 17, 2021)
Nutrition Programs in COVID-19 Recovery Actions (Updated: April 10, 2020)
Federal Paid Leave for Workers Impacted by COVID-19 (H.R. 6201) (March 27, 2020)
Federal COVID-19 Response Actions Affecting Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities (Updated: May 6, 2020)

Assistance for Business

Federal Assistance for Businesses Affected by COVID-19 (Updated: March 26, 2021)

Assistance for Educational and Child Care Entities

Third Round of Federal Higher Education Relief Funding (Updated May 12, 2021)
Overview of Federal Relief for K-12 Education and Child Care (April 29, 2021)
Early Budget Actions to Support In‑Person K‑12 Instruction and Address Learning Loss (April 23, 2021)
COVID-19: Federal and State Actions Affecting K-12 Education and Child Care (May 14, 2020)
An Overview of Federal Higher Education Relief (Updated: May 26, 2020)
Second Round of Federal Higher Education Relief Funding (January 20, 2021)

Assistance to the State and Local Governments

Federal Stimulus Funds for Transit (April 15, 2020)
State Budget Effects of Recent Federal Actions to Address COVID-19 (Updated: April 15, 2020)


COVID-19: American Rescue Plan’s Major Health-Related Funding Provisions (May 6, 2021)
COVID-19: Federal Health-Related Response (Updated: June 1, 2020)
COVID-19 Disaster Declarations and Funding Implications (Updated: April 6, 2020)
Overview of Federal COVID-19 Research Funding (May 13, 2020)
COVID-19 and the National Guard (April 8, 2020)

California Fiscal Issues

Update on COVID-19 Spending in California (November 5, 2020)
Handout: Overview of Employment Development Department Response to COVID-19 (August 24, 2020)
Handout: COVID-19 Funding Overview (August 15, 2020)
Handout: Overview of Employment Development Department Response to COVID-19 (July 30, 2020)
Handout: COVID-19 Fiscal Effects on Schools (April 28, 2020)
Update on State and School District Reserves (Updated: April 23, 2020)
State Funding Actions Related to COVID-19 (April 20, 2020)
Handout: Preliminary Assessment of the Economic Impact of COVID-19 (April 16, 2020)
State Options to Expand Unemployment Benefits (April 9, 2020)
COVID-19 and California’s Evolving Fiscal Outlook (March 18, 2020)
Impact of COVID-19 on State Transportation Revenues (September 17, 2020)

Other COVID‑19 Related Issues

An Initial Look at Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Local Government Fiscal Condition (May 12, 2021)
Impact of COVID-19 on Health Care Access (May 7, 2021)
How Has COVID‑19 Affected Renters and Homeowners? (January 19, 2021)
DMV Shift to Online Services Due to COVID‑19 (October 16, 2020)
State Corrections: Response to COVID-19 (May 8, 2020)
Judicial Branch Actions Responding to COVID-19 (May 6, 2020)