SACRAMENTO -- For eight years, a San Francisco-based nonprofit called Next 10 has created an online simulation where users can try to balance California's budget.
This year's version may be the easiest one yet.
“This is the first year in many years where we’re not starting out with a huge deficit," said F. Noel Perry, the venture capitalist who founded Next 10. The organization, entering its 10th year, examines financial, economic and environmental issues in California.
Don't mean to brag, but I put California $9.9 billion in the black yesterday. No need for a medal or anything — happy to help.
In truth, I did this just on paper — or, rather, online. This week, a nonpartisan group launches an interactive budget simulator that lets anyone make choices to balance the state's income and expenditures.
Been complaining about legislative gridlock in Sacramento? Still whining about California's terrible business climate? Grumpy about high state taxes?
Time to put your money where your mouth is and see if you -- yes, you there with the Don't Tread on Me t-shirt! -- can solve the Golden State's budget problems.
You think all those legislators do in Sacramento is sit around playing partisan games? Well, let's see if you can do better.
Irvine, Calif., Feb. 5, 2013 – California’s economic output has grown at an average pace over the past 20 years, but the state has experienced slower overall job growth and higher poverty rates than most others, according to a new study by UC Irvine economists. These findings and additional economic comparisons are available in a free interactive database at Compare50.org. The project points to key areas in which the Golden State’s economic performance comes up short, said report co-author David Neumark.
Comparing California to other states has become a common exercise among politicians, academicians and in the media. So how does California really shape up? Next 10, an organization dedicated to looking into California's future, commissioned David Neumark and Jennifer Muz of the University of California, Irvine, to produce a voluminous study of California's economy vis-à-vis other states.