California Schools: Finance, Performance, and Debt
California carries one of the greatest education debts in the nation, both overall and per pupil. In this brief, we take stock of California’s per pupil spending, student performance, debt burden, and what it may mean for education in the Golden State.
Op-Ed: A Textbook Example of the Perils of Short-Sighted Policy
From a budget stand-point, taken together, California’s last 15 years are a textbook example of the perils of short-sighted policy. This op-ed discusses how long-term financial planning is often sacrificed for short-term spending and how it jeopardizes California's fiscal health.
Four Things You Should Know About the Federal Estate Tax
Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the Federal Estate Tax, also known as the "death tax." This issue brief discusses four things you should know about this tax and what it means for federal revenues.
The Juice Podcast Episode 2: The Squeeze on High-Skill Visas
The Juice delivers smart policy discussions directly to your earbuds. This episode covers the issues surrounding H-1B visas. CACS spoke to policy experts on either side of the H-1B debate to help you decide.
Making Sense of California’s Cap-and-Trade System
In light of Governor Jerry Brown’s orders to accelerate emissions reductions in California last month, this brief describes what Cap-and-Trade is and some factors that will determine its success or failure in the future.
I wish that when I was working in government I had a tool like the data transparency portal that California Common Sense has created, because it helps both politicians and citizens understand how the state operates. Their open data projects take a major step toward a more transparent, accountable, and efficient government.Willie L. Brown, Jr.
Former Mayor of San Francisco
I believe CACS can serve as the catalyst for a revolution in how citizens interface with our government, not only in California but also in cities, counties, and states throughout America. These Stanford students have the tools and passion required to enact their mission. I urge you to join me in supporting CACS to better our state and country’s governance.”George Shultz
Former Secretary of State
By creating a relationship between elected officials and the public based on data and accountability, CACS gets us back to the roots of the democratic process. Our system works best when citizens and politicians can effectively exchange ideas and work together to bring about change. If you believe in a thriving, vibrant democracy, join me in supporting CACS.Roberta AchtenbergFormer Clinton HUD Assistant Secretary and SF County Supervisor
California Common Sense is a non-partisan non-profit thinktank dedicated to opening government to the public, developing data-driven policy analysis, and educating citizens about how their governments work.