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September 18, 2012
by Erik Anderson
KPBS

California based Next-10 is putting the online federal budget pen in the hands of ordinary people. The organization has run the California Budget project since 2005, updating the choices facing state lawmakers each year.

The federal budget challenge asks visitors to make budget decisions about things like medicare, defense spending, and social security. The idea is for people to see the impact of their decisions will increase understanding about what's at stake.

August 6, 2012
by Lindsey Nguyen
Kidsdata.org

This year’s budget balancing tool is sleek and easy to navigate, but the challenge itself is a difficult task. With a $15.7 billion starting deficit, the introduction of voter propositions, and the ability to see how your decisions would affect California citizens in real-time, the challenge is much harder than at first glance. This, however, is all part of Next 10’s effort to make the tool resemble the real process of creating the 2012-2013 California state budget.

July 12, 2012
KNX 1070 Newsradio

Listen to KNX 1070 news anchors Dick Helton and Vicky Moore's interview with Next 10 Founder Noel Perry. This radio segment focused on ideas people have been submitting to solve the state's budget crisis.

July 10, 2012
Yuba Net

The Governor has signed the state's budget, but the final word on this year's budget actually lies with the voters—not lawmakers this year. Voters will decide through a November ballot initiative whether to raise $8.5 billion through increases to the state's income tax for California's highest earners and the sales tax. If that initiative fails at the polls, it will trigger cuts to schools and other programs to fill the gap. [...] Next 10's online California Budget Challenge (www.budgetchallenge.org) has just been updated so that Californians can tell state leaders in advance of the November election how they feel this final budget question should be answered.

May 18, 2012
by Todd Woody
Forbes

As Californians grapple with further draconian cuts to education and social services as the deficit soars – again – to $16 billion, a budgetary bright spot has appeared on the horizon: the billions of dollars in revenues that will be generated once a state carbon market launches later this year.

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