OUR MISSION: The California Budget Project engages in independent fiscal and policy analysis and public education with the goal of improving public policies affecting the economic and social well-being of low- and middle-income Californians.
The CBP believes that information can help give voice to those who often go unheard in budget and policy debates. “Knowledge,” as the saying goes, “is power.” Since 1995, the CBP has worked to make the budget more understandable and to shed light on how budget and related policy decisions can affect the lives of low- and middle-income Californians.
Through its published analyses, educational activities, and technical assistance, the CBP is a resource for advocates, community leaders, policymakers, and members of the media. The CBP’s work is widely regarded as timely, reliable, and accessible. CBP staff are frequent speakers at meetings and conferences throughout the state. The CBP also offers an active training program on the state budget, budget process, and fiscal policy issues.
The CBP is a nonprofit organization. Support for the CBP comes from donations from individuals and organizations, subscriptions to our publications, and grants from private foundations.
The CBP is a nonpartisan organization. We neither support nor oppose any political party nor any candidate running for elected office. We focus solely on evaluating public policies and their impact on low- and middle-income Californians.
Core Principles: Four core principles guide the work of the CBP:
INDEPENDENCE: The CBP provides fact-based, nonpartisan analyses of state fiscal and tax policies and their implications for all Californians, especially low- and middle-income residents.
FAIRNESS AND EQUITY: The CBP’s work is grounded in the fundamental belief that government should work to improve the lives of the people it serves. The CBP maintains a deep commitment to ensuring that public policies and programs respond effectively to the needs and interests of lower-income individuals, families, and communities throughout California.
INTEGRITY: The CBP conducts its work with the highest level of intellectual honesty, accuracy, and objectivity in order to effectively inform state fiscal, tax, and other public policies.
EMPOWERMENT: The CBP provides accessible, useable, and timely information on state fiscal, tax, and related public policies in order to expand civic engagement in policy debates.
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