The California Public Policy Center produces studies (ref. CPPC Studies) designed to provide quantitative, top-down financial information and analysis of California’s state and local government finances, including reports on total state and local government revenue and expenses, as well as total state and local government debt. Related areas of focus include reports on the solvency of public sector pension plans and public employee total compensation. The CPPC also produces studies designed to explore the challenges and opportunities – both financial and operational – facing public education, public safety, government services, and public infrastructure projects. Other areas of focus include campaign finance and the impact of influential participants including corporate interests and public sector unions.. CPPC studies are calibrated to provide more depth than a typical investigative report in a newspaper, while remaining as concise as possible in order to provide a useful, accessible reference for readers who may not be specialists in these areas.
UnionWatch was established in 2010 as a project of the California Public Policy Center to conduct research and provide information resources to voters, members of the press, educators and policymakers on the impact of unions on government budgets, government accountability, the economy and the democratic process. While UnionWatch endeavors to report and analyze national and international impacts of unions, the emphasis is on the impact of public sector unions, especially in California.
PensionTsunami monitors developments in all three pension spheres – the public sector, corporations and social security – through compiled links, updated daily, to online news articles and commentary. While PensionTsunami’s primary focus is on California’s public employee pension crisis, it also monitors and reports relevant highlight events within all pension spheres throughout the United States and around the world. PensionTsunami was founded in 2004 and in 2010 was acquired by the California Public Policy Center.