New Study Focuses on Challenges Ahead for California

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Research Director Mark Baldassare says the Public Policy Institute of California’s study contains some positives.

 “One of the encouraging trends is that population growth is slowing and will slow over the next couple of decades and a second trend is over the last few years is we have been catching up with the rest of the U-S in terms of our infrastructure spending."

But the report shows looming problems as well. Baldassare says access to higher education will become more difficult at the same time as the state’s economy becomes more service-oriented and will demand more workers with advanced degrees.  The report also anticipates more traffic congestion in the coming years.

Baldassare says P-P-I-C will host a series of forums to spur interest in planning for the future.