As State Legislators consider Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal, Nonprofit Nonpartisan Group Releases Latest Online Budget Simulation
SAN FRANCISCO Feb. 23, 2011 $25.4 billion California Budget Challenge
F. Noel Perry Sacramento
The California Budget Challenge includes the most up-to-date figures from the independent Legislative Analyst’s Office and Governor Brown’s January budget proposal. Users are presented with many of the current proposals under consideration by the legislature. In addition to choices about education spending and income tax, the updated Budget Challenge offers the opportunity to weigh in on topical proposals such as changes to pensions, redevelopment, and realigning state and local government responsibilities.
Since its debut in 2005, more than 250,000 people have used the California Budget Challenge. The online budget simulation guides users through a series of decisions on issues ranging from education funding to taxes and more. With each choice, a graph displays how those decisions affect the budget deficit five years into the future as well as arguments for and against each choice.
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In the 2011 California Budget Challenge, users have new policy options to consider including:
- Spending cuts to Community Colleges,
- Pensions, and;
- additional spending cuts and revenue options.
Updated policy options also include:
- Spending on K-12 programs and UC/CSU systems,
- Health and human service programs,
- Retiree health benefits,
- Vehicle License Fee; and
- adjustments to the state’s income tax, sales tax, corporation tax, and property tax levels.
"It is critically important that lawmakers hear the priorities of Californians across the state," added Perry. "We make it very easy for users to send the budgets they create along with comments directly to their representatives, so in one click they can let lawmakers know what issues are most important to them and their families."
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