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How Will You Balance California's Budget?

The budget crisis that plagued California for a decade has passed, however important decisions remain that will impact our shared future. What should California do to plan for long-term pension and retiree health care costs? How much should be invested in programs that were cut during the recession? What can the state do to make revenues more stable?
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What is The Challenge?

A nonpartisan budget simulation of some of the tough choices lawmakers are faced with and an introduction to the California state budget process.

Next 10's California Budget Challenge
The Current Situation

On May 11, 2018 the Governor submitted his May Revise to the January budget. The budget must be agreed upon by June 15, 2018 before the fiscal year starts on July 1, 2018.

The Budget Challenge will be updated for FY 2019-2020 by March 2019.

Current Situation
Did You Know?

About 62 percent of K-12 education funding is spent on direct classroom instruction.

Budget Quick Facts

"Thanks for opening my eyes to Cali budget balancing - I learned a lot!"

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April 17, 2015 Saratoga Patch

“The Budget Challenge has educated more than 500,000 Californians about issues critical to our government and its citizens. On our ten year anniversary, we are once again challenging 10,000 Californians to take the Budget Challenge this April,” stated F. Noel Perry, businessman and founder of the nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10. Read More


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