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New State Laws Fostering Workers’ Health


Lawmakers in Sacramento were hard at work this year developing policies to build health and economic well-being for people throughout the state. In addition to bills improving financial security for Californians working in the gig economy and early childcare education, state lawmakers created a Financial Empowerment Fund to serve people excluded from banking systems and made it easier for local governments to create public banks. New legislation requiring hospitals to train perinatal providers in implicit bias and track supplier diversity will help advance anchor strategies throughout California. The state’s 2019-20 budget also included numerous investments to improve Californians’ health and economic well-being, including the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, creation of a Young Child Tax Credit, and improvements to the state’s cash assistance program (CalWORKS).