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Issue Background

Economic Justice

"All persons are entitled to the opportunities and resources necessary for them to realize their full potential. These opportunities and resources include housing, employment, child care, health care, education, job training, assistance in business, and consumer education, credit and insurance." 

  FCLCA's Policy Statement on Equal Opportunities

FCLCA works with interfaith partners and other advocacy organizations to promote legislation that addresses California's shamefully high poverty rate and improves the lives of our state's children and families.

FCLCA advocates for strengthening the state's safety net, ensuring high quality and affordable child care, parent-friendly leave policies, workers' rights, affordable housing and other measures that increase economic equality and opportunity.

 

Health Care

FCLCA is strongly supporting policy changes that will make health care more affordable and accessible for vulnerable or previously excluded populations, including

  • SB 17 to create an Office of Racial Equity  – FCLCA voiced support for this bill and for $40 million to create the Office of Racial Equity in Assembly and Senate Budget hearings.
  • Expanding full-scope Medi-Cal to all income-eligible adults regardless of immigration status. 
  • AB 1130-- to establish an Office of Health Care Affordability.
  • AB 1900 – to lower Medi-Cal share of cost for older adults and people with disabilities and AB 1995 to eliminate co-payments and premiums for pregnant women, children and people with disabilities.
  • AB 2402 – to provide continuous coverage by Medi-Cal for children ages 0-5.

Measures to reduce poverty and protect low-income workers

With experts predicting that California will have a revenue surplus that could reach $45 -68B for 2022-2023, advocates and policy makers are focusing on how to effectively use state funds to address the urgent issues facing our state.

Through our participation in the End Child Poverty in California Campaign and the CalEITC Coalition, FCLCA is advocating for important measures proposed by the governor for the 2022-2023 state budget and in addition, we are calling for a bold, transformative investment of $10B to address poverty in California.

Some of the elements – which include budget appropriations in the 2022-2023 state budget as well as new programs that would be established through legislation - include:

  • Establishing a California one-time child tax credit for low-income families of $2,000 per child to backfill the federal child tax credit that has not been renewed. Two million children would benefit.
  • Waiving childcare fees for low-income families until 2024.
  • Raising CalWORKS payments for those children whose families are below 50% of the federal poverty level – so that no child in California lives in deep poverty.
  • Increasing Family Stabilization Funding to prevent homelessness.
  • Extending the Young Child Tax Credit to families with $0 earnings and adjust the amount to keep pace with inflation (also included in a bill, SB 860).
  • Creating a refundable Tax Credit of $1,000 for former foster youth ages 18-25.
  • SB 464 – Food for All - Expands the CA Food Assistance program to all regardless of immigration status.
  • SB 854 –  The HOPE for Children Act– establishes trust funds for low-income children who have lost a parent to COVID and for children in foster care - to be used when they reach adulthood.

FCLCA is also advocating for bills to support immigrant and other low-income workers:

  • AB 2847 – Sets up a pilot wage replacement program for undocumented workers who are not covered by state unemployment insurance.
  • SB 951 – Co-sponsored by CA Work and Family Coalition which includes FCLCA as a member. Increases wage replacement rates for Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance so that low-income workers can afford to take leave to care for themselves, bond with a newborn or care for ill family members.
  • AB 1949 – Bereavement leave. Allows workers up to 5 days of leave for the loss of a close family member (none are required now).
  • AB 257 – The F.A.S.T. Act – creates a fast-food sector council appointed by the governor and legislators to review and create workplace standards for fast food employees, including wages, working conditions and training.