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Rey Fuentes


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Children & Families

The Top 5 Reasons to Pass Earned Sick Leave Legislation in California

More than five million workers in the state currently lack the ability to earn paid sick days, and if they or a family member falls ill, they’re forced into a terrible dilemma: stay home to recover and risk losing wages or their job; or go to work sick, potentially spreading that illness to coworkers or customers.

Children & Families

Raising the Floor: A Review of Paid Sick Days Laws for California

Issue Brief Approximately 5 million Californians lack paid sick days protection. For these employees, life is a delicate balancing act – when, inevitably, they become ill, they can either go to work while battling illness, or they can choose to stay home and lose out on a day’s pay. Sometimes, the decision to stay home can cost them their jobs. And if these workers are parents or family caregivers, the choices are harder still.

Children & Families

Early Ed is part of the State's future

Governor Brown’s 2014-2015 budget contains significant investments in schools, additional aid to children and families, and a healthy projected surplus for a state that has not seen such positive figures in years. Yet the Governor’s Budget Summary contains no language speaking to the need for increased investment in preschool, or early childhood education.

Children & Families

Poverty Isn’t What We Think: How You Measure Makes a Difference

Researchers at the Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality have produced a new way of measuring poverty for the state, modeled after a similar federal effort. It's Called the California Poverty Measure, and it has a lot to tell us about the state of poverty in the Golden State.

Children & Families

New Poverty Rates by State Released

Today the Census Bureau released new data on estimates of poverty for the nation. Next Generation has updated an interactive graphic to help users explore this data and compare their state to the nation and their neighbors.