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How Will You Balance California's Budget?

Following surpluses in 2021-22 and 2022-23, California is facing a projected deficit of approximately $38.2 billion in 2024-25. How can the state maintain a balanced budget without drastic cuts to important programs, such as education, social safety net, homelessness, and healthcare? Do taxes need to be raised to maintain funding for key programs?

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What is The Challenge?

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.

Budget Challenge Overview
The Current Situation

On January 10, 2024, the Governor his proposed 2024-25 budget. The Governor and Legislature must agree on the budget by June 15, 2024 ahead of the start of the fiscal year on July 1, 2024.

Current Situation
How Does It Work?

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.

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