A nonpartisan budget simulation in which users select spending and revenue options in order to create their own versions of the state budget and learn about the trade-offs lawmakers are faced with when crafting the budget.
On January 10, 2020—before the COVID-19 outbreak became a global pandemic—the Governor released his proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget. The Governor and Legislature must agree on the budget by June 15, 2020, and priorities are likely to shift over the coming months.
Users are presented with spending options first, followed by revenue and reserve options. Choose the option you think is best and see how it impacts the starting surplus or deficit. The goal is to finish the Budget Challenge with either a balanced budget or surplus, and additional background information is available for each category.