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Kelly Brooks

Remembering Grantland Johnson

I am deeply saddened by the news that Grantland Johnson died today. My first introduction to state government and politics came from two former Sacramento County supervisors – Sandy Smole and Grantland Johnson. At the time, I had no idea I would eventually end up at CSAC. I met Grantland in January of 1999 as [...]

U.S. Supreme Court – All About the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be in the spotlight next week as the U.S. Supreme Court hears legal arguments on a variety of fronts. The Court will listen to challenges to the ACA for six hours over three days, March 26-28. It has been nearly 60 years since the high court spent that much [...]

Recession and Budget Cuts Double Whammy on Golden State’s Women

Today, the Women’s Foundation of California and the California Budget Project released a joint paper, Falling Behind: The Impact of the Great Recession and the Budget Crisis on California’s Women and Their Families. Major takeaways from the report include: Single mothers were hardest hit by the recession and recent budget cuts contributed to sharp increases [...]

Protecting Children Gets Lost in the Shuffle

There has been a lot of media attention this week focused on  Penn State – its administration and its football program. Who knew what, and who told whom, and when. Of course, lots of whys. Perhaps instead of football coaches, the story that deserves to be discussed – in fact, must be discussed – is [...]

Recalculating Poverty

This week the federal government released a new “Supplemental Poverty Measure.” It doesn’t replace the current calculation, but it “provides us a different angle on who is in economic need,” according to Rebecca Blank, U.S. Commerce Department undersecretary for economic affairs. The official poverty measure – developed nearly 50 years ago – took one analyst’s [...]