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President's Message
In a time of widespread change, California is more relevant than ever. Major state initiatives in areas ranging from corrections to climate change to education are shaping California’s future—and demonstrating new ways to handle national policy challenges.

PPIC is uniquely positioned to assess these efforts. We provide key facts and essential information to frame policy discussion and debate. Our research is widely recognized as rigorous, independent, objective, and nonpartisan—attributes that are especially important in what some have dubbed our "post-fact” era.

In a polarized political climate, PPIC’s efforts to encourage dialogue on difficult issues are more important than ever. In 2017, we will look for new opportunities to encourage discussion about the state’s long-term challenges—and its national relevance. Our first event on January 17 features a conversation among the state’s legislative leaders, Democrats Kevin de Leon and Anthony Rendon and Republicans Jean Fuller and Chad Mayes. This is the first event in our Speaker Series on California’s Future, which brings together high-profile thought leaders from across the political and geographical spectrum to think critically, constructively, and collaboratively about realistic solutions to California’s challenges.

PPIC’s research and engagement aims to help the state find systemic and sustainable responses to a range of policy challenges. This goal is exemplified by our first publication of 2017, California’s Future—a briefing kit that outlines pressing challenges for our state in 11 key policy areas. Our efforts are bolstered by three policy centers. The PPIC Higher Education Center advances practical ways to enhance educational opportunities for all of California’s students—improving lives and expanding economic growth across the state. The PPIC Statewide Survey provides Californians with a voice on key policy issues. And the PPIC Water Policy Center spurs innovative water management strategies that support a healthy economy, environment, and society.

At PPIC, we look forward to a busy and productive year. We invite you to stay up to date with our research and activities—including publications, events, and videos—by signing up for our monthly e-bulletin and subscribing to our blog.

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions.


Mark Baldassare
President and CEO

2016: Year in Review
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