Johnson, Tammy

Tammy Johnson is Director of Strategic Partnerships at Applied Research Center. Johnson has authored and edited several reports on race and equity, including five editions of the California Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity.

California Lawmakers Fail the Grade on Racial Equity

By Tammy Johnson
Applied Research Center

Applied Research Center published its fifth edition of the California Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity today, as people of color look to legislative solutions to pull their communities out of the recession. Unfortunately, California lawmakers are failing the grade. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger scored an “F” in racial equity, while the State Assembly scored a “D” and the State Senate scored an “F.”

The report is available here.

Though communities of color represent nearly 60 percent of the population, the state of California’s leadership has not addressed this majority population’s needs. California state lawmakers slashed budgets across social, educational and health services last year, exacerbating long-standing racial disparities.