California's 2017-18 Budget Priorities
Each year the Governor and Legislature work together to pass the state’s budget that determines how taxes will be spent on state-funded programs like education, healthcare, and human services. The Challenge is an overview of the tough tradeoffs that the state has to make when it comes to expenditures given a fixed amount of revenue. This year, following the May Revise, the Governor foresees a $200 million shortfall absent corrective policy actions.
Do you think the state should increase spending for programs that were cut during the recession? Can policy choices be made to make revenues more stable in the future, protecting the state against an economic downturn? What are your budget priorities?