The Budget program seeks to engage and educate citizens on the tradeoffs and impacts that must be considered in the budget development process. The cornerstone of Next 10’s Budget Program is the interactive online tool, the California Budget Challenge. Started in 2005, the Challenge has been completed by over half of a million people and is updated annually to reflect the changing priorities and challenges in the development of California’s state budget. In addition to the online tool, Next 10 also regularly hosts interactive events across the state for legislators, nonprofits, and school groups and provides resources to help individuals or organizations host their own interactive California Budget Challenge events. Cities, municipalities, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions have also worked with Next 10 to modify our Budget Challenge platform for local budget education and engagement via licensed use.
California Budget Challenge 2022
The Governor released his proposed fiscal year 2022-23 budget on January 10, 2022. Following a deep deficit in 2020-21 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, General Fund revenues have rebounded more quickly than expected and have resulted in a large surplus for 2022-23. The Governor's budget proposes spending $17.3 billion on a one-time or temporary basis plus $6 billion to reduce revenues and $2 billion for ongoing spending increases. An additional non-discretionary $13 billion would be spent on K-12 schools and community colleges under Prop. 98. Direct COVID-related expenditures are estimated to be $1.3 billion in 2022-23.