The state's preliminary official statements for bond offerings, such as the planned March 4 general obligation bond sale, contain significant information about the state's finances, including litigation related to state revenues and spending.
In response to questions received during a January Senate budget hearing, we examine California's General Fund tax expenditures: tax deductions, credits, exclusions, and the like that reduce revenues below what they would be otherwise.
We provide preliminary data concerning January 2015 California income and sales tax collections (the state General Fund's "Big Three" tax revenue sources).
Since the early 2000s, median housing costs in California have increased faster than median incomes. During the last several years, though, the gap between these two has narrowed. This overall improvement is largely attributable to falling housing costs for homeowners, while the gap between renters' incomes and their housing costs continues to widen.
We provide some perspectives on California's unclaimed property program as a General Fund revenue source.
Consumer price index (CPI) data for all of 2014 is now available.
We consider California's "U-6" unemployment rate, a broader measure of labor force underutilization than the official "U-3" unemployment rate.
A recent report on Silicon Valley discusses the region's economic growth. We consider the role that Silicon Valley, San Francisco, and Marin play in California's main state government revenue source, the personal income tax.
With the upcoming end of the "triple flip," a complex, decade-old mechanism affecting state and local finances in California, we have received several inquiries seeking a basic understanding of what the triple flip is and how its end will work exactly. This note addresses those issues.
We consider how the elevated unemployment rates in Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties affect the statewide unemployment rate.
We consider the relationship between a California area having an agriculture-focused economy and its unemployment rate.
The Franchise Tax Board's twice-yearly revenue exhibits are highly technical, but include key information for those who track and forecast California's state income tax revenues.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data on state employment trends in December show that, while California's job market has been improving, unemployment here still ranks high among U.S. states.
The state's Employment Development Department released its first report, to be revised later, on December 2014 job growth in California.
Inflation in the U.S. economy was very low in late 2014, and further drops in prices are possible in early 2015. We discuss both the risks and benefits of low price growth.