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Solve The State’s Budget Woes


Aired 6/14/11

California residents can take a crack at the tough budget choices facing state lawmakers by dialing in the on line budget challenge.

— The questions are painted in broad strokes, but the idea is clear. Looking at 17 specific policy areas, how would individuals balance the state's books. The non partisan group Next 10 is running the challenge for the fifth straight year in an effort to give people a chance to make the tough choices and then forward their ideas.

"Participants who do the California Budget Challenge have the opportunity with the stroke of a key, at the end of the challenge, to send that to their lawmakers, to send it to their friends, to send it to the governor," said Noel Perry, Next 10 founder.

Statehouse in Sacramento
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Above: Statehouse in Sacramento

300,000 people have taken part in the budget challenge during the past five years.

"Balance the budget, or put it into surplus or deficit," said Perry. "And the goal of the tool is to help Californians understand the difficult choices and the difficult tradeoffs involved in making decisions about the state budget."

The online survey can be done in as few as ten minutes. Results can then be emailed.

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sweegar | June 15, 2011 at 10:06 a.m. ― 5 years, 9 months ago

We definitely need more money for libraries in California! Yes, yes, yes!

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